Una, Jan 9: A Dalit family, who were flogged by cow vigilantes in Una for skinning a dead cow, have decided to embrace Buddhism. “We have decided to convert to Buddhism as we have faced a lot of discrimination due to our traditional profession for skinning dead animals,” Vashram Sarvaiya, one of the Dalits, said.

In 2016, seven Dalits of Mota Samadhiyala village were paraded and flogged in public. Later, the Dalits were taken to Una in Gujarat where they were tied to a vehicle and beaten up by cow vigilantes. Then, the police had arrested 20 people in the case.

“We are yet to finalise the date, but we have asked the community members to come together and convert to Buddhism in large numbers,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. He also alleged that as promised, they have not been given jobs and a piece of land by the government.

He also alleged that the then Gujarat government did not constitute a special court to try the case of assault. “The accused are roaming free after they were released on bail, and the case drags on. We haven’t been given anything as promised by the state government,” he said.

“All we have got was Rs 3 lakh that is given to Dalit victims in atrocity cases, but most of the money was spent on litigation and medicines as our father Ashok Sarvaiya continues to suffer due to the thrashing and needs to be taken to an Ahmedabad hospital for treatment,” he added.