Vashram Sarvaiya, the complainant, is one of the eight Dalit victims who were assaulted allegedly while they were skinning the carcass of a cow in Mota Samadhiyala village, and also allegedly kidnapped, taken to Una town and flogged on July 21, 2016.
In a plea filed on May 31 this year, one of the Dalit victims had submitted that much time had elapsed since he, his family members and relatives were assaulted by cow vigilantes, but they were still awaiting justice.
Writing on behalf of his family, Vashram Sarvaiya stated in his letter that the state government had failed to keep promises the then chief minister Anandiben Patel had made to his family in the aftermath of the brutal assault on his family and relatives on July 11, 2016.
Last Friday, the trial court framed charges after one of the accused, Vikramsinh Gohil, who had gone absconding after getting interim bail, surrendered. Three months ago, the trial was shifted to Veraval from Una.
The rights activist, Kaushik Parmar, in his representation referred to the minister’s statement, saying he was “very happy with the (minister’s) statement” that he would take up the issue of withdrawing the cases with the state Home Department.
“We would not know how to take the body back to the village for the final rites... Our ancestors lived there for over 400 years... We don’t know of any celebration or mourning anywhere else,” says Asha, 27, her face covered with a dupatta.
In the year since, the government has also concretised the lanes in the Dalit Vas. Vashram re-appeared for Class 12 Board examinations this March for social science, geography and English, but could clear only geography.