Atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat: opposition parties slam Government

Responding to the controversy, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that whatever happened in Una is most unfortunate and he condemns it in strongest words

The atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat caused a huge uproar in Parliament as the opposition parties raised the issue and sought immediate action from the Centre. The assault on Dalits triggered a heated discussion in both the houses, after Dalit parties from the parts of Sourashtra declared rallies and protest against the brutal attacks against Dalits.

Responding to the controversy, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that whatever happened in Una is most unfortunate and he condemns it in strongest words.

He stated that NDA Government is committed to stop these atrocities.

“Never in free India have such steps been taken as under Mr. Modi. We brought the Dalits and poor to the mainstream by enabling them to create bank accounts and get insurance. Stand up India was started for these people,” Rajnath said.

He also said that from 91 to 99, 1600-1700 incidents of Dalit atrocities were reported per year in Gujarat. “After 2001, there is a huge decline, Singh said quoting NCRB data.

Narrating what happened in Una on July 11, Home Minister said that the accused gang beat four Dalits with rods after they took off the skin of a cow.

Amid the din from opposition parties, Singh said the case has been transferred to CID and the Gujarat state government has announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh for victims.

Earlier, kodikkunnil Suresh MP from Kerala raised the issue in Lok Sabha stating that RSS is trying to create a Dalit-Mukt Bharat. He also accused BJP of sponsoring the atrocities and asked whether it was Gujarat model.

Supporting Suresh, Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav said humans should not be harmed for the safety of cows.

“I will kill a lakh cows to defend one human,” he added.

Forcing an adjournment, the opposition parties including Congress, BSP, TMC and JDU also protested in the Rajya Sabha.

Demanding the response from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the opposition parties entered the well and shouted slogans.

TMC MP Derek O Brien demanded discussion on the issue in the Zero hour in the upper house, which prevented proceedings to begin on Wednesday.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi condemned the attacks and blamed those politicizing such sensational issues.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu claimed the issue is being raised for political gains and accused Congress of “shedding crocodile tears.”

Meantime, the shocking video of  four Dalits being beaten up for allegedly killing a cow and skinning it has gone viral on social media. Earlier, the youths have made it clear that the skinned a cow which was already dead.

The video has also triggered a fresh violence in many parts of Gujarat, where two people were killed on Tuesday.

One police constable succumbed to his injuries he sustained during a stone pelting by protesters this week, while one Dalit killed himself.

There were many suicide attempts reported across the state, after the video of beating gone viral.

However, police officers said that these suicide attempts don’t have any relation with the Una incident.