Dalits

Amrutlal Makwana Dalit writer to return award in protest against the atrocities on Dalits in Una

July 28, 2016 10:50 AM
Flogging of Dalits by by cow vigilante in Una

AHMEDABAD: Amrutlal Makwana, a prominent Dalit writer and recipient of Dasi Jivan Best Dalit Literary Work award, has decided to return the award to protest against the atrocity on Dalits in Una.

“The atrocity on Dalits is rising and it is happening in new forms. Few years back, three Dalit youths were killed in police firing in Thangadh town of our district [Surendranagar]. Their families are still struggling to get justice, which makes me feel that there is no guarantee that Una victims will get justice.”

Some members from the community were flogged publicly by a cow vigilante group for allegedly skinning a dead bovine.

Mr. Makwana said he would hand over the award, a citation, a shawl and Rs. 25,000 in cash he had received in 2014 as recognition to the Ahmedabad Collector on Wednesday.

“I am anguished and pained by the incident of Dalits being flogged mercilessly. It only shows that Dalits continue to be at the receiving end in the society,” Mr. Makwana said.

“The atrocity on Dalits is rising and it is happening in new forms. Few years back, three Dalit youths were killed in police firing in Thangadh town of our district [Surendranagar]. Their families are still struggling to get justice, which makes me feel that there is no guarantee that Una victims will get justice.”

It only shows that Dalits continue to be at the receiving end in society, says Amrutlal Makwana

 

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