Una: A day after both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over atrocities on Dalit youth which took place last week for allegedly killing a cow, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the family members of the victims of Una incident.



Speaking to media after meeting Rahul Gandhi, one of the victim said, “Why would we leave this village? People who hurt us should leave. We want to live a better life.”

Told Rahul ji everything, how we were all beaten up. He said they will do everything in their power to get us justice,” a victim added.

Following the violence in the state, Dalit rights organisations had called for state-wide shutdown in Gujarat in protest against the brutal thrashing in Una. Reaching out to the victims, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, on Wednesday, met family members of the victims of Una incident.

Addressing the issue in the Parliament, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asserted that during Congress rule in Gujarat, the numbers of cases of atrocities against Dalits were high but there has been a sharp decline since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took over in the state.

Meanhwile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi asserted in her party’s parliamentary party meet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Government has snatched away the rights of ‘adivasis’, Dalits and traditional forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act 2006 and was systematically weakening and subverting environmental rights. 

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