- 6 arrested for beating up woman, family in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district
- Family had refused to dispose cow carcass, attacked by 10 people
- Rise in incidents of violence by alleged cow protectors against Dalits
A Dalit family, including a pregnant woman, was allegedly beaten up at Karja village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district after the members refused to dispose a cow carcass, police said on Saturday.
Six people have been arrested, police added.
According to the First Information Report or FIR lodged by the pregnant woman’s husband Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranwasia, a group of around 10 people from Darbar community attacked his family including his 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,” Mr Ranavasia alleged in his complaint.
He 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.
While Sangitaben was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, Mr Ranavasia and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.
Police immediately rushed to the village and within hours the six accused were arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said.
The arrested people were identified as Batawarsinh Chauhan (26), Maknusinh Chauhan (21), Yogisinh Chauhan (25), Bavarsinh Chauhan (45), Dilvirsinh Chauhan (23) and Naredrasinh Chauhan (23).
As tension prevailed in the village, police tightened security and intensified patrolling, Mr Badgujar said. “We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” he said.
Following the incident, police have increased patrolling in Karja village. They have also provided protection to the victims and their immediate family members. “We have provided protection to Dalit families in the village and doing our best to maintain peace and harmony in the village,” said Neeraj Badgujar, district superintendent of police Banaskatha.
“In view of rising concern over atrocities against Dalits it will be our priority to submit the chargesheet against the accused as early as possible,” he added.
Gujarat has been stirred by protests in recent months 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.
In August, a 15-year-old Dalit boy was thrashed by two men from the upper caste in Bhavda village in Daskroi taluka of Ahmedabad after his father refused to dispose cattle carcasses. In the same month, two Dalits were thrashed in Mandal village of Rajula taluka of Amreli for refusing to dispose carcass of a calf on Sunday afternoon. Seven persons, including sarpanch of Mandal village were booked for assaulting Dalits.