Four men were beaten up and humiliated physically in broad daylight in the name of “Gau-raksha” in one of the developed states of India- a paradigm of unity in diversity few days back. Several people were silent spectators to the atrocity and the men who thrashed them made the video of the entire act, as if it was heroic and posted online. See the irony, the video was viral within no time. So what was their crime? These four men in Gir Somnath, Gujarat belonging to Dalit community were returning with the skin from a “dead” cow were stripped and thrashed in the streets. This inhuman act continued when they were tied and dragged by a vehicle. Neither the crowd witnessing this horrible act nor the law enforcers seemed to care unless the family and dalit community intervened and went on protest. Only then the police realizing the seriousness of the situation arrested three culprits involved in the crime. Two victims were seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Junagarh.
Lately, more people have become target to the caste basis discrimination and faced severe humiliation in the name of numerous prejudices. Such crimes are rising every day ranging from rape, murder, public beatings and violence against scheduled castes and tribes from one place or the other in the country.
Despite the extreme laws against untouchability and caste bias, such barbaric incidents are widespread. The oppressed are exploited even when law has abolished the caste hierarchy officially. Be it a temple or a public place, there is no place when they are not reminded them of their place in society. Not allowing them to use the public well, forcing them to clean toilets, beating them publically, overpowering their properties, girls raped and murdered, garlanding them with footwear, making them eat animal or human carcasses and many more instances are there which keep occurring frequently. More disappointing is the fact that the victims to such brutality have lost faith in the system and they have stopped reaching to the police stating that the investigations were dropped in several cases. We really need to give a thought that whether the caste order is more important than our traditional Indian values of harmony and brotherhood. Have we really lost respect for an individual?! The laws should be made stricter in case such discriminating incidents and prompt actions by the police can restore the faith of those who are oppressed.