A victim writes to the president: Deportenos

AHMEDABAD: Amid the furious debate over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a victim of this wrote to the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind, asking him and his brothers to be deported to a country where they will not face discrimination. They have written that they have not been treated as citizens in India.

The statement has been written by Vashram Sarvaiya, one of the four brothers who were whipped and paraded half-naked by the so-called gau rakshaks on July 16, 2016, in the Gir-Somnath district of Gujarat. The Sarvaiyas, who belong to the Dalit community, were mistreated for skinning a dead cow.

The detailed statement was received by the Una prant office of the Gir-Somnath district collegiate on January 7. Victims write that no measures have been taken against those who brutally beat them.

The government has not responded to our pleas: a victim

They say they were promised farmland, plots for homes and jobs because they could no longer do their traditional skinning jobs. They say the promises have not been fulfilled and their rights have been denied.

Una's attack rocked the country and party leaders from across the political spectrum gathered in the victims' homes and promised justice. The flogging incident of Una had deprived us of our fundamental rights and employment, said Vashram. “Now, government officials have been acting as if we did not belong to this country. If we cannot be considered citizens, then our citizenship must be canceled and we must be deported to a country where we will not face discrimination. ”

In demanding land for agriculture, Vashram said that if the president cannot guarantee his rights, they should be allowed to choose euthanasia. Anandiben Patel, the then prime minister of Gujarat, who is now the governor of Uttar Pradesh, had promised land, parcels and jobs when he received us in July 2016, Vashram said. “She had said she would visit us again in a month. But neither she nor any representative of the state government knew us or kept any of the promises.

On his plan if his request is not considered, Vashram said: “Then we will immolate ourselves outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. I have to say this, since the government has not responded to our various pleas for justice. ”