Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday met members of the Dalit family who were assaulted allegedly by Gau Rakshaks for skinning a cow carcass.
“In Mota Samadhiyala, Una to meet the family members of the Dalit youths who were so brutally assaulted,” he tweeted.
The Congress vice-president assured Balu Bhai, the father of the Dalit youths, that justice will be served.
“We told Rahul ji everything, how we were all beaten up. He said they will do everything to get us justice,” said one of the victims.
“Why should we leave this village? The people, who have hurt us should leave,” he added.
Rahul left for Rajkot to visit the victims receiving treatment at PDU General Hospital.
This comes a day after Rahul was found “dozing off” in the Parliament, when the issue of atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat was raised. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said this incident showed Rahul’s lackadaisical attitude towards the sensitive matter.
On Wednesday, there was a near total bandh in Gujarat called by Dalit groups as protesters took to the streets, downing shutters, attacking public transport and halting trains and vehicle traffic. Chief Minister Anandiben Patel also met the victims on Wednesday, but it did little to help calming the protesters.
Seven youths of the Dalit community were beaten up last week by some people claiming to be ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectors) when they were reportedly skinning a dead cow in Mota Samadhiyala village.
The video of the incident was circulated on social media, sparking protests by Dalits across the state and repeatedly disrupting the parliament on Wednesday. A short discussion on the ‘atrocities against Dalits’ is scheduled in the Rajya Sabha at 2 pm today.