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Una Dalit assault: Victims to convert to Buddhism

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A family, that was allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes for the carcass of the animal in tehsil in Gujarat, have decided to embrace Buddhism.

In July last year, seven of Mota Samadhiyala village were allegedly paraded and flogged for a dead cow, an incident that caused nation-wide outrage after its video went viral.

Later, four of these youths were taken to town, where they were tied up with a vehicle and allegedly thrashed by the cow vigilantes.

A member of the family has alleged that the state did not fulfil its promise to give jobs and a piece of land to the victims.

"We have decided to convert to Buddhism as we have faced a lot of due to our traditional profession for 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

Sarvaiya alleged that the did not constitute a special court to try the case of assault -- as was promised by then

"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

"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 continues to suffer due to the thrashing and needs to be taken to a 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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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:25 IST