BJP’s dalit member Udit Raj on Friday demanded that a discussion be held in the Lok Sabha on the recent incidents of atrocities and violence against dalits, saying the community was being targeted across the country. Udit Raj referred to a host of recent cases, including in Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in which dalits were attacked on the pretext of gau-raksha. Groups proclaiming themselves to be cow vigilante groups have been publicly flogging, beating and humiliating dalits in various parts of the country.
Referring to more incidents, including the recent beating up of dalits in Patna and the killing of a dalit couple in Mainpuri in UP for Rs 15, Raj said, “Incidents of atrocities against dalits are happening in various parts of the country…it should be discussed.
The government had on Thursday rejected the opposition’s demand for a similar debate, saying the issue has already been raised in Parliament. The speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said that while she was willing to take this up as a social issue, the opposition would make it political. Parliamentary Affair Minister Ananth Kumar had said that they had more important issues to discuss in the Lok Sabha, especially the floods that have been inundating various parts of the country.