DELHI: DSMM Protests against Attacks on Dalits By Cow Vigilantes in Gujarat
Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) organised a protest on July 25 against the increasing atrocities on dalits in
Brinda Karat who visited the victims gave a firsthand account of the events on the ground. She said that, “The people because of their acute economic conditions and social coercion are working as scavengers disposing off the dead animals. On that particular day they were called by a farmer saying that his cow died and it had to be taken away. When four dalits who are engaged in this occupation were returning after taking the animal carcass in a vehicle were apprehended by more than forty persons and were taken hostage and beaten badly. And only 16 people are arrested and the rest who are roaming freely shows how serious the government is on the issue.”
She also added that “In the name of cow protection these rogue elements are making money and terrorising the people. Also, there is a clear hand of some police aiding the cow vigilantes as they had batons that are used by riot police.” She also mentioned that it was a planned attack as the victims’ families informed her that the village sarpanch would implicate them in a case if they did not listen to him. The dalits of
Addressing the gathering, Nathu Prasad pointed out the difficult and desperate conditions the dalits are living in this country. He said that the economic status of the dalits has to be improved and that we should take out struggles in that direction.