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Gujarat: Upper caste men thrash Dalits for violating rules for skinning dead cattle

The incident occurred in Gujarat's Anand district. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 15, 2017, 02.48 PM (IST)

A group of upper caste men allegedly beat a Dalit man and his mother for defying rules for the skinning of dead cattle in Gujarat's Anand district.

The incident, which was reported by news agency PTI on Tuesday, took place on Saturday at the Kasor village in Sojitra tehsil.

Police said a group of 15 men from the Rajput community allegedly thrashed the man and his mother for skinning a dead cow near a crematorium instead of the place meant for their disposal.

A police complaint was lodged at Sojitra police station on Monday. No arrests have been made so far. Police has provided the family with round-the-clock security.

The FIR (First Information Report) stated that 15 men from the Rajput community thrashed the 22-year-old man and his 45-year-old mother on Saturday night, accusing them of defying the rules for skinning dead cattle.

The victim alleged in the complaint that around 15 Rajput men, all from Kasor, stormed into his house on Saturday night, verbally abused him and his mother and passed caste-based comments. When the man retaliated, the angry mob allegedly thrashed him and his mother and warned them of dire consequences.

"It all started on August 11, when the victim brought a dead cow for skinning from a nearby village. Instead of the designated place, he started skinning it near the crematorium. When some locals raised the issue with the sarpanch, he asked the victim to take the cow at the allotted place," the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khambhat division, DD Damor told PTI.

"Though the victim agreed to follow the rules next time, one of the accused entered into a heated altercation with him over the issue. Later, on August 12, around 15 men allegedly attacked the man and his mother outside their home."

The Sojitra police has lodged the FIR under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and relevant provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. 

The incident comes amid an increase in violent incidents by cow vigilantes.

A report released by the US State department Monday (August 15) states that in 2016, there has been an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups against mostly Muslims, including killings, mob violence, assaults, and intimidation.

The report, the first under the Trump Administration, released by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said members of the civil society expressed concerns that under the BJP government religious minority communities felt vulnerable due to Hindu nationalist groups engaging in violence against non- Hindu individuals and places of worship.

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