With yet another incident of Dalit atrocity surfacing, the Lok Sabha will today take up the issue for discussion. The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an extensive discussion on the current situation of Kashmir. The Monsoon Session of the Parliament is set to end on August 12, after which Home Minister Rajnath Singh has proposed an all-party meet to discuss the prevailing conditions in the Valley.
In the recent incident of violence, two brothers, who were hired to skin a cow that had died of electrocution, were attacked by around 100 gau rakshaks, who arrived at the spot accusing them of stealing and killing the animal in Andhra Pradesh. Notably, this incident comes after PM Narendra Modi appealed to people to beware of fake cow-protectors and to “attack him before shooting any of Dalit brothers.”
Moreover, following the Cabinet approving the amendment made to the Maternity Benefit Act, which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 to 26 weeks, will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha today for consideration and passing.
02.50 pm: When I visited Una, I was surprised at seeing that they are is a divide on the land where they live. Gujarat is such a progressive state, but the Dalit community was still using cow dung to make their food and living in a clumsy separated land, says P K Biju, CPI(M)
02.39 pm: Discussion on Dalit atrocities begin in Lok Sabha.
12.13 pm: If the Prime Minister can speak on issue of atrocities against dalits, outside Parliament then why not in the Parliament? asks BSP supremo Mayawati
11.43 am: Taking a swipe at BSP, Venkaiah Naidu said, Tilak Tarazu aur Talwar, inko maaro joote chaar’ ka naara dene waali party hume advice na de.
11.39 am: Did atrocities against Dalits start when Modiji became Prime Minister? Which party ruled most since 1947? asks Venkaiah Naidu.
11.07 am: Prime Minister’s remarks for the Dalits was politically motivated, says Mayawati
09.59 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar says, that the government is never hesitant to discuss any issue including the anti-Dalit violence and will willingly take up the discssion in Lok Sabah today.
No sooner had the Una incident taken place, that the Opposition cornered the Centre for their ‘anti-dalit’ behaviour. With yet another assault on the Dalit community, the same might happen in the Lower House today.
On Monday, Mokati Elisa and his brother Lazar were stripped, tied to a tree and thrashed when they were seen skinning a dead cow in a graveyard in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. The brothers are currently hospitalized, while one of them continues to be critical.