lay one's hands on (someone)
to do violence to someone, to harm or hurt someone
The man said that if he ever lays hands on the person who stole his car he will take him to the police.
Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar
Ambedkar v Gandhi on village life
Ambedkar was a fierce critic of Mahatma Gandhi (and the Indian National Congress). He was criticized by his contemporaries and modern scholars for this opposition to Gandhi, who had been one of the first Indian leaders to call for the abolition of untouchability and discrimination.Gandhi had a more positive, arguably romanticised view of traditional village life in India and a sentimental approach to the untouchables, calling them Harijan (children of God) and saying he was of them. Ambedkar rejected the epithet Harijan as condescending. He tended to encourage his followers to leave their home villages, move to the cities, and get an education.