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Gujarat Dalit flogging: Rahul Gandhi meets victims in Una, assures justice

A short discussion on the 'atrocities against Dalits' is scheduled in the Rajya Sabha at 2 pm today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2016 4:41 pm
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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.

WATCH VIDEO: Dalit Protests Spread In Gujarat, Voices Rise In Parliament

 

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.

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    Sri
    Jul 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    He has woken up now... It would be more useful if he fights for more education and improving literacy in India.. There is no use in pointing fingers at fellow politicians.
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    1. prakash gotimukul
      Jul 21, 2016 at 10:43 am
      A fake Ghandi, remains fake. In the vedio he was adjusting his seat to get the right angle. He was more concentrating on the angle of the shoot/camera rather than what the dalit was telling..........so much for his sincereity and concern for the issue..........no more fooling. scamqueen will be responsible for the loot and destroying India and people of India will not tolerate. Such nautanki will not be tolerated.
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        Rita
        Jul 22, 2016 at 4:30 am
        Hinduism has no respect for human kind, it's disgusting
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          SubbuI
          Jul 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm
          Thank you Rahulji, we appreciate ur concern for Dalits and tribals.you carry on RG one day you will bring INC back to power and make India RSS/BJP MUKTH INDIAlt;br/gt;MERA BHARAT HAI MAHAN
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            abumurshid
            Jul 21, 2016 at 10:14 am
            where you got this information, useless.
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