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Una Dalit attack: Gujarat-based organisation sends memorandum to Governor, demands judicial inquiry
Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD), a voluntary organisation based in Ahmedabad, has written a memorandum demanding a judicial inquiry into the attacks on Dalits in Una by cow-vigilantes. The memorandum has been signed by various eminent personalities in the State and was sent to the Governor of Gujarat.
When asked on why the memorandum was sent to the governor and not the Chief Minister, Dwarikanath Rath, Secretary MSD said, "This Memorandum was sent to the Governor because the CM has failed to protect the people of Gujarat."

The memorandum demands appointment of a judicial commission to investigate the atrocities on Dalits in Una (Gir Somnath district) of Gujarat.

In the memorandum, MSD has said that the state of Gujarat has created a precedent in atrocities against Dalits.

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

In the statement, MSD along with the signatories has condemned the 'ghastly' incident of atrocities on four Dalit youths in Una of Gir Somnath district.

It also alleges that there has been a steady increase in the number of incidents of atrocities on Dalits in Gujarat. According to the memorandum, Banaskantha has reported 1133 cases of atrocities on Dalits, Junagadh and Surendranagar have reported 830 and 756 such cases respectively, while 693 such cases have been registered in Ahmedabad.

"The district-wise statistics are of the years between 2006 and 2015," Rath said.

It also adds that every year in Gujarat, there are 20 cases of Dalits being murdered and 50 cases of Dalit women being raped.

The memorandum has also asked the Governor to punish the chief of the police & administration of those districts which are infamous for atrocities on women.

It also demands various administrative changes such as making the police administration free of caste discrimination and prejudices to sensitise them towards the socially underpriviledged sections of society.

MSD has also sent a copy of the memorandum to the National Commission For Scheduled Castes, the District Collector of Gir-Somnath and to the Superintendent of Police - Gir-Somnath.

The memorandum has been signed by activists, social analysts, advocates, professors, retired professors and principals, and various other citizens.

Mr. Rath also said that till now they have not received any response from the Governor regarding the memorandum.

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