In The Cow’s Name
- Widespread protests across Gujarat after four Dalit youths who were skinning a dead cow were abducted and beaten up. Brought to the Una town market, they were tied to an SUV and beaten with sticks by some men believed to be cow protection vigilantes.
- As all this happened, crowds watched, and the policemen at Una police station did nothing to stop the assault. After widespread protests in Gujarat and national-level Dalit leaders taking up the issue, some suspects have been arrested and four cops have been suspended.
- Dalits have refused to take cattle carcasses. In some places, they have dumped carcasses at government offices as a mark of protest.
- The protests have come as another challenge to chief minister Anandiben Patel, who recently has had to deal with the Patel reservation stir, followed by a similar show of strength by a united OBC front.
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