The victims of “atrocities” on Dalits in parts of Saurashtra, especially around Una, have formed a group, Una Pratirodh Samiti, and threatened a dharna in Ahmedabad from September 24, if their demands are not addressed by the Gujarat government.
Representatives of the newly formed group met BJP MP from Ahmedabad (West) Kirit Solanki and party MLA from from Asarva Rajnikant Patel in this regard on Sunday and submitted a memorandum of their demands.
“Entire world knows about the flogging of Dalits in Una. But, it was culmination of a series of such cases of atrocities on Dalits in Saurashtra region, where the victims are still searching for justice. We have formed a group of such Dalits… If nothing concrete is done on our demands, the victims will sit on dharna in Ahmedabad from September 24,” said convener of the group Raju Solanki.
The members of the group belong to various towns and villages in the region like Vadli, Ningala, Dedan, Mandan, Ankolali, Samter, Mothha, Nandrakh, and Amreli. They have raised issues of murder, rape, social boycott, ‘hijrat’ or forced migration, wrongful prosecution, and willful negligence by police in investigation of some of those cases.
The group said that Una, Rajula, Kodinar, Gir-Gadhda, Savarkundla, Nava Bandar, Jafrabad and Khambha are some places which are “highly sensitive”, therefore, at least one police inspector of Scheduled Caste community should be appointed by the state government in police stations having jurisdiction over these areas.
“If there is no such mechanism in the state for this, then the government should devise such a mechanism for protection of the human rights of Dalits there,”Solanki said.
When contacted, Kirit Solanki said, “Yes, they have met me today and have submitted a memorandum. I will look into their demands and put it up before appropriate authorities in the Centre or the State.”
Rajnikant Patel also expressed similar opinion on the memorandum.