Almost 24 dalits have attempted to end their lives since July 11, 2016. Violent protests by Dalits have been taking place in Gujarat demanding stern action against the cow vigilante group members who publicly flogged a Dalit family and brutally beaten up seven Dalit men for allegedly skinning a dead cow in Una in Gir Somnath district of Saurashtra region on July 11, 2016. The victims’ contention was that they were just skinning a dead cow and had not killed it, whereas the accused alleged these dalits were involved in cow slaughter.
As many as 200 cow vigilante groups have sprung up Gujarat. They have become a law and order problem in Gujarat because of their aggression and the way they take law into their hands. With names such as Gau Raksha Samiti, Gau Raksha Ekta Samiti, they have percolated from taluka to even village level and the groups take law into their hands to deal with minorities and Dalits who run meat businesses.
It calls upon the National Human Rights Commission to direct the State government to shut down such vigilante groups.
Furthermore the state authorities are strongly urged to cultivate a culture of justice and love for all in the country, ensuring that dalits, tribals/adivasis, indeed all marginalized sections of society are given due respect and rightful opportunities for their life and livelihood.
Pradip Bansrior Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad
Executive Secretary General Secretary
Dalit and Tribal/adivasi Concerns National Council of Churches in India
National Council of Churches in India