Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised current assaults in opposition to India’s low-caste Dalit group.
Mr Modi stated on Sunday that Dalits have “suffered for hundreds of years” they usually “should not undergo anymore”.
4 Dalit males, believed to be tannery employees, had been publicly flogged final month in western Gujarat state for skinning a lifeless cow.
Many Hindus take into account cows sacred and the slaughter of the animal is banned in a number of states.
Talking in Hyderabad, Mr Modi stated: “What’s the motive we torture our Dalit brothers? What proper do you might have? The part which has suffered for hundreds of years, will you drive them to undergo extra?”
“When you’ve got an issue, in case you really feel like attacking somebody, assault me, not my Dalit brothers.”
This was his second assertion in two days in opposition to such assaults.
On Saturday, he asked state governments to take motion in opposition to “anti-social components who masquerade as cow protectors to avoid wasting themselves”.
Anger amongst Dalits has been mounting for the reason that 4 males from their group had been stripped and overwhelmed in public by self-styled cow vigilantes final month.
The vigilantes had accused the lads of harming cattle, however the victims insisted they had been solely taking a cow’s carcass for skinning, as was their custom.
Mr Modi had been criticised by Dalit teams and opposition events for saying nothing in regards to the assault till now.
There have been a number of different assaults on women and men throughout India, who’ve been accused of consuming or smuggling beef.
Two Muslim ladies had been overwhelmed up final month by vigilantes over accusations that that they had been carrying beef.
Final yr, a Muslim man, Mohammed Akhlaq, was lynched by a mob that attacked his home over allegations that his household had been storing and consuming beef.
The vast majority of India’s estimated 1.2 billion inhabitants is Hindu. Nonetheless the nation can be residence to massive Muslim, Christian and Buddhist minorities.