Narendra Modi’s Gujrat on fire, questions India, ‘Who are we?’Castevirus004GJ2016

20Jul16

The unrest over the brutal assault on Dalits in Gujarat’s Una last week, for allegedly skinning a cow, led to two deaths in Saurashtra on Tuesday. One protester was reported to have committed suicide over the episode, while a head constable was killed in clashes between a mob and police.

The case is not new in PM Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. There is a Gurakshak Samiti which is in operation has links with RSS-BJP. The Samiti is a militia  that violently kills lower caste poor Dalits in India. The traditional caste system has driven Dalits into occupation of selling  cow hide. This is India where upper caste do not want to give them opportunity yet they will kill them when they are enagaged into caste work.

SEVEN MEMBERS of a Dalit family were allegedly beaten up by a group of gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow in Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat on Monday. Three of the alleged attackers were arrested on Tuesday.

A purported video of the victims being attacked with iron rods and sticks was circulated on social media. In the video, some of the victims are seen tied to a car, while the accused are beating them up.

Police said the incident occurred around 10 am on Monday, when Balu Sarvaiya, a 46-year-old resident of Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka, and some of his family members were skinning the carcass. In his complaint, Balu’s son Vashram (26) said they had brought the carcass from Bediya village. “The accused came in a white car and asked why we were slaughtering the cow. I told them that the cow was dead and that we were merely removing its skin. But they started abusing us and attacked us with iron pipes, sticks and a knife with which we were removing the skin of the carcass,” Vashram said in his complaint.

The other victims have been identified as Balu’s wife Kunvarben, their other son, Ramesh (23), and relatives Bechar Sarvaiya (30), Ashok Sarvaiya (20) and Deveshi Babariya (32).

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/gujarat-7-of-dalit-family-beaten-up-for-skinning-dead-cow-2910054/



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