45 family members of Una flogging victims embrace Buddhism
Ashish Chauhan | TNN | Updated: Apr 30, 2018, 07:22 IST
AHMEDABAD: At least 45 members of Sarvaiya family, whose four sons had been flogged by self-styled cow vigilantes, renounced Hinduism and embraced Buddhism at a ceremony in Mota Sdhiy, 15km from Una, on Sunday.
艾哈迈达巴德：因家族里有4个孩子遭到了自称护牛义警的鞭笞，周日，萨瓦亚家族至少45名的成员在距Una 15公里的Mota Sdhiy宣布放弃印度教，改为信奉佛教。
The family members included the four flogging victims, their wives, father Balu Sarvaiya and his wife, among others.
“It has been more than two years that our sons were flogged. The state go nment hasn’t given us any help so far. We haven’t got justice yet and all the accused are out on bail,” Balu Sarvaiya, the victims’ father, told TOI over phone.
“After the in dent, there was Dalit uprising. But we continued to face discrimination. Even our own community members told us not to adhere to a re gion after tolerating humiliations. Even today, we shudder to see the flogging video,” Sarvaiya added.
Some 300 Dalits including family members of Una flogging victims, embrace Buddhism.
The July 2016 Una flogging had triggered widespread outrage and left the Dalit community fuming.
Sarvaiya said he and his family members had to take up skng dead cattle due to deep caste sy em. “We have been forced to convert on Sunday. We believe it will give further momentum to Dalit uprising. Other Dalits, who are facing tortures, will eventually have to embrace Buddhism,” he said.
No prominent Dalit leaders, such as Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mewani, were present at the event — Dhamma Diksha Mahotsav — organised by the Sarvaiya family. They had announced renouncing Hinduism in January. The Sarvaiyas had invited Mewani and BSP chief Mayawati to the event.
ONLY INDIA Only India - Thane - 4 hours ago
BJP/RSS stupid policies of extreme Hinduism responsible for this conversion.
Anonymous - 5 hours ago
All low caste people should convert to buddism to get bascic respect