Violent protests broke out on in Gujarat on Monday evening over brutal beating of four Dalit men last week for skinning a dead cow in Una, a small town in Gir Somnath district of Gujarat.
Earlier in the day, seven people attempted suicide to protest against the assault on the Dalits. The protesters blocked NH-27, torched down buses and pelted stones. The protests have spread across the Saurashtra region that includes seven big cities of Gujarat. Their demand is that stern actions should be taken against the perpetrators. As per reports, Dalits of UNA town have also refused to carry the dead carcasses of cow and perform last rites.
A video of last week’s incident where four tannery workers were tied to SUV and were stripped and beaten with sticks by the “gau-rakshaks”, sparked outrage across the country. The victims, who were Dalits, had told the attackers that they were only taking the skin off a carcass. The mob that thrashed the four Dalit men was led by Shiv Sena district president Goswami Pramod Ramesh Giri. They were beaten up with iron rods and one of them died, succumbing to injuries. Severely wounded, the three young men have been in the hospital for a week.
Surprisingly, The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel expressed her concern over the issue a week after it took place and the protests erupted. She ordered a CID probe and sanctioned a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the victims. A statement by the police said the accused have been arrested and sent to jail, while the government ordered that a charge-sheet be filed within 60 days.
For the last one year, hate-mongering is taking place in the country and many have lost their lives over the issue of beef. The miscreants who take law in their own hands, in many cases, enjoy political patronage.
The Logical Indian appeals that the perpetrators should get harsh punishments for their brand of justice.