Cow Carcass unloaded in front of Collectorate in Gujarat

19 Jul 2016 | Written by Mansi Motwani; Edited by Gaurav
The atrocities faced by Dalits

A truckload of carcass of cows was unloaded by Dalits in front of the collector's office in Surendranagar district, Gujarat.

This was done as a mark of protest against the thrashing of Dalits that occurred in Mota Samadhiyala village of the Gir Somnath district on 11th July, 2016.

They threatened to stop carrying away the dead animals, as has traditionally been their task.

In context: The atrocities faced by Dalits

EventsDalits beaten by 'Cow Protectors'

Four Dalit men (tannery workers), according to the police, were tied to an SUV and were stripped and flogged by self-proclaimed cow protectors in Una, around 360 kms from Ahmedabad.

The video was uploaded online in the form of a "warning".

The victims, allegedly accused for skinning cows alive, claimed to be taking the skin off dead carcasses.

State Government reacts

Government ordered a Criminal Investigation Department probe into the incident and said that it would bear the cost of the victims' treatment. A statement from CM Anandiben Patel's office said, "A special designated court will be set up for speedy trial of the case."
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Violent Protests

The series of protests against the thrashing of the Dalit men have taken a violent turn. 7 Dalit men attempted suicide, state transport buses were set on fire. A group of protestors blocked a National Highway connecting Rajkot and Porbandar for hours.
2014 saw a 19% increase in crimes against Dalits

Crime Rate2014 saw a 19% increase in crimes against Dalits

On top of a 17% increase in 2013, crimes against Dalits rose by 19% in 2014, with as many as 744 murder cases against 676 in 2013.

2,233 Dalit women were victims of rape in 2014; up from 2,073 in 2013.

There was also a rise in kidnappings and abductions. 755 kidnappings took place in 2014 against 628 in 2013.

Caste-related violence

According to a report by Human Rights Watch, "Dalits and indigenous people continue to face discrimination, exclusion, and acts of communal violence. Laws and policies adopted by the Indian government provide a strong basis for protection, but are not being faithfully implemented by local authorities."
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08 Sep 2016Police file chargesheet in Una flogging case, 4 cops arrested

Gujarat Police has filed a chargesheet in the case of dalit youths being flogged by self-styled 'cow protecting' vigilantes, against 34 people including 4 policemen.

The four police officers were arrested for dereliction of duty and failure to stop a crime.

The accused have been charged under several IPC sections including 307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongful confinement), 147 (rioting), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).