Chikkamagaluru: Recurring attacks on Dalits in the name of ‘cow protection’ are increasing with every passing day. A recent incident in this connection took place at Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, where five Dalits were assaulted by the Bajrang Dal activists for allegedly storing beef.
The Hindu activists claimed that Dalits had stolen and slaughtered a cow.
The incident is reported to have taken place on July 17, when a group of Bajrang Dal members barged into the house of one of the Dalits and beat them with sticks. The incident is reported to have happened at 11 pm, when the Dalit members had assembled for dinner, which included beef dishes as well. One of the youths’ hand was fractured and the others sustained injuries.
However, the incident came to light only on July 23, when the activists of the Komu Souharda Vedike raised the issue.
A case has been registered by the local police under the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015. The Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum (KCHF) is to stage a massive protest against the incident, demanding strict action to be taken against the attackers.