Govt under fire for attacks on Dalit processions

Category : Gujarat News
Updated On : May 15, 2019 02:33 AM
By Indian Times Daily

Dalit rights activists Jignesh Mevani and Martin Mcwan on Tuesday came down heavily on the Gujarat government for failing to protect the community even as at least five incidents of marriage processions of the Scheduled Castes were attacked in a week.

Mevani, an Independent legislator from Vadgam in North Gujarat, and Mcwan of Navsarjan Trust also did not spare Prime Minister Narendra Modi for waxing eloquent on the Alwar gangrape case in Rajasthan while keeping quiet on attacks on Dalits in his home state.

Mevani accused the state government and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani of being "casteist" and "mute spectators" while attacks continued on Dalits just because the bridegrooms rode horses and the community took out marriage processions.

At least five incidents were reported in the state when marriage processions of Dalits were halted and even attacked despite prior information to the police, the activists told reporters.

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