Six people have been arrested in Gujarat’s Banaskantha on Saturday for allegedly thrashing a Dalit family, including a pregnant woman, for not removing the carcass of a cow. As per the police, the victims were abused and assaulted by the accused belonging to dominant upper caste community, The Indian Express reported on Sunday. Banaskantha SP Niraj Badgujar said that victims have been admitted to hospital and provided proper protection. As per the FIR, accused asked the Dalit family to remove the carcass on Friday night, to which the victims refused and said that they will remove it only the next morning.
Irked by the Dalit family’s refusal, the accused entered the house and assaulted the family. The FIR says that pregnant woman was hit on the abdomen. “We lodged the FIR immediately after the victims approached police and arrested the six accused. We have booked the accused under section 315 of the Indian Penal Code (act done with intent to prevent child being born alive) along with other sections and under the Atrocity Act,” said SP Badgujar.
The accused have been named as Natvarsinh Chauhan, Maknusinh Chauhan, Narendrasinh Chauhan, Yogisinh Chauhan, Babarsinh Chauhan and Dilgarsinh Chauhan.