Another Dalit attack in Andhra Pradesh, a day after PM Narendra Modi’s statement

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August 9, 2016 8:54 PM

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to cow vigilants saying, "Hit me before hitting Dalits", two dalits in Amlapuram, Kakinda district in Andhra Pradesh were yet again attacked for skinning dead cow

Ministry of Home Affairs asked all the states to crack whip and take stern action against such cow vigilants. (Representative Image: PTI)Ministry of Home Affairs asked all the states to crack whip and take stern action against such cow vigilants. (Representative Image: PTI)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to cow vigilants saying, “If you want to attack, attack me and not Dalits. If you want to shoot, shoot me and not Dalits,” two dalits in Amlapuram, Kakinda district in Andhra Pradesh were yet again attacked for skinning dead cow. Two villagers have been held so far and a case has been registered under the SC/ST Act. One of the victims is critical while the police is looking for the other accused men who are absconding.

Ministry of Home Affairs asked all the states to crack whip and take stern action against such cow vigilants. The incident comes days after four men belonging to the Dalit community were brutally flogged and attacked on July 11 for skinning dead cow in Una district in Gujarat. Scores of people took to the streets protesting against the public shaming of the four dalit men. Rajnath Singh had earlier said that the atrocities against Dalits is a social evil and it should be taken up as a challenge.

In his first public condemnation against the infamous cow vigilantes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he felt angry at such “anti-social elements” indulging in such crimes by the night and disguising as cow protectors by the day. The opposition however, had termed Prime Minister’s statement as “absolutely humbug” holding his ideological partners responsible for perpetrating such “terror”. Lok Sabha is expected to discuss on issue of atrocities against the Dalit community on Thursday.

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