The Lok Sabha is scheduled to take up a discussion on the matter of atrocities on Dalits today. Earlier in the House, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and others had raised the issue and sought the chair's intervention to allow early debate. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said that the government is never hesitant to discuss any issue including the anti-Dalit violence.
The most recent incident of violence was reported earlier on Monday, when two brothers, who were hired to skin a cow that had died of electrocution, were attacked by around 100 ‘gau rakshaks’ or cow vigilantes, who arrived at the spot accusing them of stealing and killing the animal. The brothers are presently undergoing treatment at a hospital with reports indicating that one of them is critical. As per reports, the police have identified the attackers.
The incident came just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent out a hard-hitting message against attacks on Dalits and cow vigilantism. Addressing a public meeting on his first visit to Telangana on August 7 after assuming office, the Prime Minister asked the people to beware of its 'fake' protectors trying to divide society and the country and asked the states to severely punish them.
“I would like to tell all countrymen that they beware of these fake cow protectors,” he said. Prime Minister Modi asked the states to identify the people who want to destroy the social fabric and take stern action against them.