Gujarat: Accused in Dalit Atrocity Cases Continue to Assault with Impunity

Piyush Sarvaiya (27), who got justice after six long years of continued and consistent struggle for his slain brother- burned alive by a mob of upper caste men- was attacked by his brother’s murderers on June 27. The attackers, who were awarded life imprisonment six years after the incidents, were out on parole and rammed their motor cycle into Sarvaiya. Soon after Sarvaiya fell down, Arjan Babubhai Makwana, another accused in the killing of his brother, hurled casteist abuses and started beating him.

Following the attack, a case was registered under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with to provoke breach of peace), 506 (1) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code and under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 and attackers were arrested. But the attack on Sarvaiya was not the sole assault by accused in cases related with attacks on dalits.

Sarvaiya’s home district Saurashtra saw at least four incidents where the kin of the victims were attacked by the accused and were denied police security. In a similar manner, Rajesh Sondarava was clubbed to death by the killers of his father Nanji Sondarava last year. Nanji Sondarava was a Right to Information (RTI) Activist who tried to expose suspected corruption by his attackers from the Kshatriya community.…