The Dalit victims of the 2016 Una flogging incident in Gujarat have sought permission from President Ram Nath Kovind to end their lives, claiming that the BJP government in the state have not fulfilled their promises to them in over two years ago.
Seven members of a Dalit family were thrashed by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes in Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka, Gir Somnath district, on 11 July 2016. One of them, Vashram Sarvaiya, wrote a letter to Kovind on 28 November, on behalf of all the victims, requesting him to grant them the permission to end their lives.
Meanwhile, Gujarat’s Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Ishwar Parmar said compensation has already been paid in full to the 2016 Una incident victims. Parmar stated that 5.33 acres of land was given to the Una victims as part of the compensation.
However, Vashram Sarvaiya has refuted the Gujarat government’s claims.