Another shocking incident of brutality on Dalits have come to light in Gujarat, where a pregnant woman along with her family have been beaten up at Karja village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district after they refused to dispose a cow carcass, police said on Saturday.
According to the police six accused have been arrested. As per the FIR lodged by the pregnant woman’s husband Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranwasia, his family was attacked by around 10 people from Darbar community. The accused did not even spared Ranwasia’s pregnant wife Sangitaben last night after the family refused to dispose the carcass.
“They abused me and thrashed me before entering my house and beat my pregnant wife Sangita on the abdomen and all over her body with sticks,” Ranavasia alleged in his complaint.
Ranavasia said they also threatened to kill Sangitaben if he did not go to the farm to dispose of the dead animals.
Six people including Sangitaben and two other women sustained injuries.
As per the police, Sangitaben was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital after the incident, while Ranavasia and others had minor injuries and therefore were discharged after first aid.
When the police was informed about the incident, they immediately rushed to the village and arrested six accused, said Neeraj Badgujar, Superintendent of Police attached to Banaskantha area.
The arrested accused have been identified as Batawarsinh Chauhan (26), Maknusinh Chauhan (21), Yogisinh Chauhan (25), Bavarsinh Chauhan (45), Dilvirsinh Chauhan (23) and Naredrasinh Chauhan (23).
Police have tightened the security of the Dalits in the village and increased patrolling. “We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” Badgujar added.
Gujarat has been stirred by protests in recent months after four Dalit men were beaten up at Una by alleged cow protectors.
Following the incident, the community pledged not to skin dead cows, a traditional occupation thrust upon a section of Dalits