Eminent Citizens of Gujarat Demand Judicial Inquiry into Attacks on Dalits in Una

The following is a Memorandum to the Governor of Gujarat, initiated by statement issued by the Movement for Secular Democracy and signed by many eminent personalities in the state, demanding a judicial inquiry into the attacks on Dalits in Una by cow-vigilantes. The memorandum was sent on 16 July 2016.

(079) 26404418

MOVEMENT FOR SECULAR DEMOCRACY (M.S.D.)

C/o. Narmad Meghani Library, Opp. Natraj Railway Crossing, Meethakhali, Ahmedabad- 380 006.

Date: 14-7-2016

To,

The Honourable Governor,

Gujarat,

Gandhinagar.

Sub: Appointing a Judicial Commission for the Investigation in the Matter of Atrocities on Dalits in Una of Gir Somnath District

Dear Sir,

It is a matter of pain that when the entire nation is celebrating 125th Birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the Gujarat has created a precedent of atrocities on Dalits!

We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the ghastly incident of atrocities on four Dalit youth in Una of Geer Somnath district. We demand to immediately appoint Judicial Commission for the investigation of the entire matter.

We would also like to draw your attention towards the fact that there has been continuous rise in the incidents of atrocities on dalits in Gujarat. We place below the statistics of atrocities on dalits according to a report:

BANASKANTHA 1133
JUNAGADH 830
SURENDRANAGAR 756
AHMEDABAD 693

Further, there has been 20 cases of killings of dalits as well as 50 cases of rapes on dalit women every year in Gujarat. These statistics are quiet shocking and very serious.

Under the circumstances, We, on behalf of Movement for Secular Democracy, demand to appoint Judicial Commission to investigate the incident of Una. Along with that we also demand:

  • The Chief of the Police and Administration of those districts which are defamed for atrocities on women should be punished.
  • The Police administration should be made free from any kind of caste discrimination, prejudices, etc.
  • Sensitise Police and administration towards the socially underpriviledged section of the society.

 We are the signatories

  

 Name

 

Prakash N. Shah                                  Girishbhai Patel                                                Dwarikanath Rath

Convenor, M.S.D.                                           Well known advocate                                                   Secretary, M.S.D.

Dr. Mallika Sarabhai                  Prof. Ghanshyam Shah                                              Gautam Thaker

Danseuse and activist                                    Social analyst                                    General Secretary, Gujarat, P.U.C.L.

Soli Sorabji                                       Prof. Upendra Baxi                                           Dr. Anamik Shah

(Former Attorney General)                   (Former Vice Chancellor)                 Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth

Prof. Rohit Shukla                                        Prof. K.S. Shastri                                                           Prof. Makarand Mehta

President, Gujarat Chapter, AISEC          Former Vice Chancellor                                               Retired Professor

Dr. Vidhyut Joshi                                          Prof. Dhaval Mehta                                                     Advocate Ami Yagnik

Former Vice Chancellor                               Retired Professor

Prof. Ramesh B. Shah                                  Prof. Hirubhai Bhatt                                                    Dr. Pushpa Motiyani

Retired Professor                                             Retired Principal                              Head, Gandhi Peace Research Centre

Advocate Mahendra Anand                    Dr. Swati Joshi                                                                Dr. J.S. Bandukwala

Retired Professor                                                             Activist

Dr. Alaknanda Patel                                    Rajni Dave                                                                        Siddharth N. Bhatt

Retired Professor, M.S.University            Sarvodaya activist                                                          Retired Professor

Indukumar Jani                                             Dr. Bharat Mehta                                                         Dr. Kanu Khadadiya

Editor, Naya Marg                                          Reader, M. S. University                                              Associate Professor

Amit Dave                                                         Bipin Shroff                                                                      Dr. Damini Shah

Gujarati Lekhak Mandal                              Editor, Vaishwik Manavvaad                                    Lecturer

Loknad                                                               Dr. Raghu Rangarajan                                              Father Francis Parmar

                                                                                Scientist                                                                               Retired Principal

Dr. Saroop Dhruv                                        Dr. Ganesh Devy                                                           Dhiru Mistry

Well Known poetess                                     Retired Professor and activist                                    Activist

Dr. Rita Kothari                                            Dr. Hanif Lakdawala                                  Hiren Gandhi 

Professor                                                             Activist                                                                                Activist

Kiran Trivedi                                                  Sagar Rabari                                                                   Persis Ginwala

Activist                                                                Activist                                                                                Activist

Ashok Shrimali                                              Mahesh Pandya                                                             Urvish Kothari

Activist                                                                Activist                                                                                Columnist

Bhargav Trivedi                                            Nandu Deshpande                                                         Ramya Rangrajan

Journalist                                                            Union Activist                                                                  Activist

Sandesh Gonsalves                                       Shabnam Hashmi                                                          Justice V. H. Bhardwaj

Director, PRASHANT                   Anhad

Jagdish Patel                                                   Ratilal Desai                                                                    Meenakshi Joshi

Activist                                                                Activist                                                                                Women activist

Johannes Manjrekar                                  Chinu Srinivasan                                                           Ashok Gupta

Professor                                                             Activist                                                                                Activist

Deeptha Achar                                               Nikitan Contractor                                                      Santosh Das

Professor                                                             Activist                                                                                Professor

Rajkumar Hans                                             Iftikhar Ahmed                                                              Illiyas Mansuri

Professor                                                             Professor                                                                             Activist

Babubhai Desai                              Tapan Dasgupta                                                Sanjay Bhave

Retired Principal                                              Activist                                                                                Associate Professor

Jayanti Panchal                                             N. R. Malik                                                                       Ikram Mirza

Activist                                                                Concerned Citizen                                                          Activist

Jatin Sheth                                                        Lalubha Chauhan                                                         Rasik R. Shah

Activist                                                                Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Rajesh Shah                                                     Nitaben Vidrohi                                                             Sahil Parmar

Activist                                                                Gujarat Lok Samiti                                                         Activist

Jayanti Barot                                                  Tanushree Gangopadhyay                                       S.G. Mehta

Activist                                                                Journalist                                                                            Concerned Citizen

Kalpesh Solanki                                             Rakesh Maheriya                                                         Sukhdev Patel

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Activist

Buddhidhan Trivedi                                     Chittaranjan Vora                                                       Dhanraj Pandit

Concerned Citizen                                          Educationist                                                                      Retired Principal

Prahladray Avasthi                                     Prof. I.H. Parikh                                                            Jwalant Mehta

Concerned Citizen                                                                                                                                          Activist

Dr. L.S. Kareliya                                            Advocate Suresh Zumkhawala                              Mahadev Vidrohi

Activist                                                                                                                                                                Activist

Kamla Gurjar                                                Vipul Pandya                                                                   B. M. Desai

Activist                                                                Activist                                                                                Concerned Citizen

Chimanbhai Khamar                  Mayur H. Shah                                                               Jayesh Patel

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Youth activist

Tejas Vaidhya                                 Nalla Daru                                                                        Valjibhai Patel

Journalist                                                            Activist                                                                                Activist

Nibha M. Anand                                             Manilal M. Patel                                                            Chandu Maheriya

Activist                                                                Columnist                                                                           Activist

Binit Modi                                                         Manda Patel                                                                    Mehul Trivedi

Activist                                                                Activist                                                                                Activist

Shailesh A. Sonara                                        Parul Trivedi                                                                   K. L. Virani

Dalit Activist                                                     Communicator                                                                 Concerned Citizen

Raman Vaghela                                             P.V. Chauhan                                                   Ramaben Vora

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Activist

Pradip K. Shah                                                Mohan Chaudhari                                                        Siddharaj Solanki

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Advocate V.A. Isani                                     Dev Desai                                                                          Prof. A.A. Shaikh

                                                                                Activist

Dinesh A. Shah                                                Avani Vora                                                                       Dashrath Devda

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Activist

Rajesh Thakkar                                            Abdulbhai Vakani                                                         Dilip R. Joshi

Concerned Citizen                                          Activist                                                                                Concerned Citizen

Devvrat N. Trivedi                                       Kanaiyalal Nayak                                                        Prakash Chaudhri

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Activist

Gopal K. Nayak                                             Devesh Mehta                                                 Ashish Mehta

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Shankarlal Gandhi                                       N.A. Purani                                                                       C. P. Patel

Concerned Citizen                                          Retired Professor                                                             Concerned Citizen

Kishor Thaker                                                Suresh Chauhan                                                             Amrutbhai Patel

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Rajni Acharya                                                Becharbhai Patel                                                           Dalubhai Bharwad

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Jitendra Shah                                                  Gopal Bhatt                                                                      Rajendra Parmar

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

V.D. Brahmabhatt                                        Umesh Shah                                                                     Timir V. Amin

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Jitendra Shah                                                  S.N. Dulera                                                                        Pravin Pandya

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Writer

Nirad Vidrohi                                  Jayanti Naik                                                                    Vasant Brahmabhatt

Activist                                                                Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

  1. D. Gandhi Nitinkumar Barad Nirmitsingh

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Rameshbhai Borisa                                      Nikunj Patel                                                                     Jashubhai Chaudhari

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Concerned Citizen

Zubin Dinyar                                                   Jigar Bhatt                                                                       Rimmi Vaghela

Concerned Citizen                                          Activist                                                                                Student Leader

Inderjeet Grover                           Renu Rajput                                                                     Honey Parmar

Youth Activist                                                  Women Activist                                                              Concerned Citizen

Rammurat Maurya                                     Dimpa Vaghela                                                              Mayur Thakre

Union Activist                                                  Student Activist                                                               Concerned Citizen

Bhavik Raja                                                     Dilip Satashiya                                                       Pratima Sagar

Student Leader                                 Youth activist                                                                   Women Activist

Suryaben Shah                                                Reeta Gohil                                                                      Mahendra Rathod

Concerned Citizen                                          Concerned Citizen                                                          Student Activist

Sachin Shah                                                                                                                                                      Niraj Maurya

Student Activist                                                                                                                                               Student Activist

 

 

Memorandom sent by Dwarikanath Rath (Mo. 94263 69858), dn.rath@gmail.com

 


Copy to : (1) National Commission For Scheduled Caste (2) District Collector, Gir-Somnath (3) S. P., Gir-Somnath

3 thoughts on “Eminent Citizens of Gujarat Demand Judicial Inquiry into Attacks on Dalits in Una

  1. Dinesh Shah

    It is essential that so much atrocities on Dalit’s in Gujarat which is known for moderation in everything of public interest and following good Samaritanism must be thoroughly probed and quick remedial measures taken.Especially Vigilante in any form and for any reason must be curbed with heavy hand and exemplary punishments.
    Moreover all over country the recent affront of Hindu majoritarianism to brow beat every body must be arrested soon.

  2. Inhuman treatment. The police must take stringent action against the culprits. What a shame that such atrocities still persist in our country. There should be a pan India movement against caste violence. All the spiritual gurus should also speak up against it. But they perhaps won’t for the fear of losing their clientele.

  3. K SHESHU BABU

    Glad to observe so many Gujarat citizens coming out in protest of harassment and atrocities on dalits. The dalits and Muslims in Gujarat have been facing suffering for long and nothing much has been reported all these years. Gujarat has been projected as a ‘ model’ welfare state and there were hues and cries from media to adopt the ‘ model’ . Now, the myth is being busted. Extending the demand on present incidents, the citizens should also demand enquiry into farmers suicides in previous years, the atrocities committed in the years when the present PM was the CM of Gujarat and the corruption scandals. Protest rallies and mass movements should be conducted in Gujarat as well as Delhi and other parts of the country pressing for punishment to police and army and RSS /VHP/ bajarang dal goons indulging in attacks on the lower castes and minorities.

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