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Pregnant Dalit woman beaten up for not disposing of cow carcass

A five-month pregnant Dalit woman was beaten up by a group of upper caste men for refusing to dispose of the carcass of a cow in a village in North Gujarat. The incident occurred late on September 23 night.

The woman, Sangeeta Ranawasia, her husband and others who were also injured in the attack were treated at the civil hospital in Palanpur. Six persons have been arrested in connection with the assault.

Those arrested belong to the Kshatriya community and they have been booked under the Prevention of Atrocities Act, rioting, intimidation and other charges.

“The condition of the woman is good as per the reports of the civil hospital doctors but she is under observation,” a State Government press release said, adding that the family will receive assistance.

According to reports, Natavarsinh asked Sangeeta and her family members to clear the carcass of the cow from his field but they refused, saying they have stopped the practice.

“They started beating us when we refused to remove the carcass. They told us that it’s our duty to dispose of dead animals,” said Ramesh Ranawasia, Ms. Sangeeta’s husband, who sustained minor injuries.

The State Information Department in a press release said senior police officials of the district had rushed to the village and arrested all persons named in the FIR. The Banaskantha Superintendent of Police visited the village and assured the victim’s family of full protection, the release stated. The District Collector visited the woman and her family in hospital.

Ever since the flogging of four Dalits by cow vigilantes in Saurashtra in July, community members have refused to dispose of the remains of dead animals in the villages. Around 2,500 animals die per day in the State and most of them are disposed of by Dalits.

Following the flogging incident, Dalits carried out month-long protests against rising atrocities and demanded land from the government for farming. There have been half a dozen incidents of violence and clashes when Dalits refused to clear bovine hides in villages in the last two months.

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