"We have decided to convert to Buddhism as we have faced a lot of discrimination due to our traditional profession for skinning dead animals," Vashram Sarvaiya said, the eldest of three brothers who were beaten up by a group of cow vigilantes on July 11, 2016, near their village along with their father when they were skinning dead cows.
"We are yet to finalise the date, but we have asked the community members to come together and convert to Buddhism in large numbers," he told PTI.
Sarvaiya alleged that the government did not constitute a special court to try the case of assault -- as was promised by then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
"The accused are roaming free after they were released on bail, and the case drags on. We haven't been given anything as promised by the state government.
"All we have got was Rs 3 lakh that is given to Dalit victims in atrocity cases, but most of the money was spent on litigation and medicines as our father Ashok Sarvaiya continues to suffer due to the thrashing and needs to be taken to a Ahmedabad hospital for treatment," he said.
With most of the accused out on bail, the family members are scared of stepping out of their home, Sarvaiya said.
The matter came to light after a video of flogging, allegedly made by the cow vigilantes, went viral on social media platforms.
The police had arrested 20 people in the matter.
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