Bengaluru: A Dalit family in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru was attacked last week allegedly by members of a rightwing group who suspected that they had eaten beef.
According to the police complaint, filed by Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum, 40-50 members of the group attacked the family on July 17. Among those allegedly thrashed was a differently-abled man. Three members of the family have been injured seriously.
“40-50 Bajrang Dal activists attacked the family. Three of those who were hit are seriously injured. While some people have been arrested in the case, they are now out on bail,” said General Secretary of the Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum
Seven people have been arrested and charged under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act.
Earlier this month, four Dalit men were flogged and shamed by self-styled cow protectors in Gujarat’s Una town.
Dalit protests have erupted across Gujarat after a video footage showed the men, who are tannery workers, were stripped, tied to an SUV, flogged with iron rods and paraded by “Gau Rakshaks” or self-appointed cow protectors who then uploaded the video online as a “warning”.
In September last year, 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged out of his home and killed by a mob of at least 100 in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over rumours that he had stored beef.
The Dadri incident and other attacks linked to cow-killing and beef-eating were held up by opposition parties and activists as examples of rising intolerance and bullying by groups linked to the BJP.