and physically tortured. Millions of minority people are living under these kinds of threats.
On July 2016, in the town of Una in Gujarat, four Dalit men were stripped, paraded, tied to an SUV and publicly flogged by a group of gaurakshaks or self-anointed cow vigilantes on the suspicion that they had killed a cow (when actually the culprit was a lion). The irony was that these incidents were Hindus attacking Hindus for protecting Hindu Dharma.
Not only had these, the Dalits punished for doing their jobs too. The Dalits are being punished for pursuing their profession of skinning dead cattle to provide hide to the leather industry, which has a turnover of Rs 80,000 crores. Dalits do this job because no other Hindu caste will do it. For them it is their livelihood.
People who read about the murder of Akhlaq for eating beef thought the Muslim community is the only target of this Beef ban and all those issues. But now, we could understand that both Dalits and Muslims are at the lowest level of priority for the Indian Government.
A 2016 report on caste based discrimination by the UN special rapporteur on minority issues noted that caste affected groups continue to suffer exclusion and dehumanization.
In January 2016, the suicide of RohitVemula, a 25 year old Dalit student, drew renewed attention to entrenched caste based discrimination in Indian society. Later in April, Vemula’sparents converted into Buddhism. RohitVemula was never able to escape the trappings of his “low birth”, but his parents could.
These cases are only the glimpses of what is happening in India.
The states of Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan tend to have the greatest number of religiously motivated attacks and communal violence, as well as the largest religious minority populations.
Protests are taking place against the brutality towards Dalits and Muslims both in India and outside the nation.
In the wake of lynching of 16 year old Junaid Khan in Haryana on June 22, Filmmaker Saba Dewan posted a message on Facebook asking people to join her on protest against such rising rate of brutality in India. At the end of her post, Dewan named ‘Not in My Name’. Soon it became a protest.
So far at least 11 cities in India are holding the Not in My Name marches. The Not in My Name protest has caught the attention of people abroad as well. According to the filmmaker the idea behind the protest was to “reclaim the Constitution” and “resist the Onslaught” on rights.
Recently, protests took place in three US cities too. The Alliance for Justice (AJA), a coalition of progressive organization in the US has conducted the protests.Inspired by the ‘Not in My Name’ protest that is already taking place in the Indian cities. Protests