On 11th July 2016, four Dalit men were attacked for skinning the carcass of a dead cow in Mota Samadhiyala village near Una. They were tied to the car and were beaten mercilessly with sticks and iron pipes by a cow protection group. They were brought to Una town and assaulted again in public. According to Dalit activist and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani and the father of two of the victims, the ExChief Minister of Gujarat, Anandiben Patel, had promised the affected families that the State Government would provide 5 acres land or a government job to a family member during her visit to the village on July 20, 2016 which was captured by news channels, as per a ToI report. He also stated that she had even promised to resolve the legal proceedings within 90 days through a fast track court. Its been two years since, but, they continue to fight the case.
On March 20, 2018, the Social Justice and Empowerment minister, Ishwar Parmar, informed the state assembly that there is no record of such a statement by the exchief minister in his written response to a starred question by activist Jignesh Mevani , as per the same ToI report.
In March 2018, the Sarvaiya Dalit family, victims of the public flogging, submitted a memorandum to district collector seeking permission to embrace Buddhism as a mark of protest against the atrocities. Subsequently, on April 29, 2018, 300 Dalits including the family embraced Buddhism in a public ceremony, according to a news report.
On August 03, 2018, the trail about the Una incident finally began at Special Atrocity Court in GirSomnath district, as per a news report.
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