A pregnant Dalit woman and her family were allegedly assaulted at a Gujarat’s village after they refused to dispose of a cow carcass.
Police told PTI that six persons were arrested under the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Five months pregnant Sangita said that they kicked her in her stomach and she started bleeding
“Even before we could realise what was happening, they started abusing us and then started attacking us with wooden sticks,” Sangita Ranavasiya told NDTV.
The Dalit woman Sangita
According to the FIR lodged by the victim Nilesh Ranwasia, it said that a group of around 10 people from Darbar community attacked his family.
The family refused to pick up the carcass of a dead cow as they had left the work long ago after a boycott called by Dalit groups.
“We kept telling them we don’t pick up carcasses, but they wouldn’t listen. They kept reminding us that we are supposed to do the menial jobs,” said Nilesh While his wife Sangeeta was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, he and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.
Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said that police immediately rushed to the village and within hours six accused were arrested.
As tension prevailed in the village, police tightened security and intensified patrolling, Badgujar said. “We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” he said.
Gujarat has been stirred by protests in recent months after four Dalit men were beaten up in Una, in south Gujarat, by alleged cow protectors in July.