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BJP Minister Criticises Modi Govt, Says Centre Must Protect Dalits

File photo of Ramdas Athawale.

File photo of Ramdas Athawale.

The statement comes after a cow vigilante group thrashed a group of Dalit youngsters in Una town in Gujarat.

New Delhi: Union Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale on Saturday criticised the Centre over violence against Dalits and minorities.

He said the government should ensure safety of Dalits - along with that of cows. He said that killing humans to save cows is not right.

"In Hindu religion cow is seen as mother. If cows are killed then we should go against it. Along with protecting of cows, we must protect human. Killing humans in the name of saving cows does not seem right to me," Athawale said.

The statement comes after a cow vigilante group thrashed a group of Dalit youngsters in Una town in Gujarat.

The issue came to light when a video, purportedly showing the persons being beaten up with iron rods and sticks, went viral on Whatsapp and Facebook. In the video, some people are seen chained to a car while the accused are seen thrashing them.

The incident sparked a huge outrage in Gujarat with the Dalits taking to streets and indulging in vandalism and arson.

first published:July 30, 2016, 14:05 IST