Photos: A year after Una flogging incident Dalit rights still contentious

Exactly a year ago, a video clip of seven Dalits being flogged by ‘gau rakshaks’ for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una taluka went viral, sparking national outrage. The outburst that followed the Una flogging was seen as a turning point in Dalit politics of Gujarat. After the incident, the state’s Dalits decided to boycott all traditional cattle skinning work in protest

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Exactly a year ago, a video clip of seven Dalits being flogged by ‘gau rakshaks’ for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una taluka went viral, sparking national outrage. The outburst that followed the Una flogging was seen as a turning point in Dalit politics of Gujarat. After the incident, the state’s Dalits decided to boycott all traditional cattle skinning work in protest. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

Exactly a year ago, a video clip of seven Dalits being flogged by ‘gau rakshaks’ for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una taluka went viral, sparking national outrage. The outburst that followed the Una flogging was seen as a turning point in Dalit politics of Gujarat. After the incident, the state’s Dalits decided to boycott all traditional cattle skinning work in protest. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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Dalits have been an integral part of the traditional agrarian economy where they have played a role in milch animals. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

Dalits have been an integral part of the traditional agrarian economy where they have played a role in milch animals. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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The centuries-old profession of skinning dead cattle comes with a stigma as old as the caste system. Untouchability and discrimination have always been part of the Dalit community. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

The centuries-old profession of skinning dead cattle comes with a stigma as old as the caste system. Untouchability and discrimination have always been part of the Dalit community. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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After the public flogging of a Dalit family in Una on July 11, 2016 last year, Jignesh Mevani led a 10-day march which started from Ahmedabad and ended at Una on August 15 over the plight of the Dalits in the state. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

After the public flogging of a Dalit family in Una on July 11, 2016 last year, Jignesh Mevani led a 10-day march which started from Ahmedabad and ended at Una on August 15 over the plight of the Dalits in the state. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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Discrimination against lower castes had always been there but the Una incident was a major flashpoint. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

Discrimination against lower castes had always been there but the Una incident was a major flashpoint. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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To mark the Una flogging anniversary, Mevani’s Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch is organising a week-long march ‘Azaadi Kooch’ for land rights in north Gujarat. (Siddharaj Solanki / HT Photo)

To mark the Una flogging anniversary, Mevani’s Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch is organising a week-long march ‘Azaadi Kooch’ for land rights in north Gujarat. (Siddharaj Solanki / HT Photo)

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Organisations such as Bheem Army are also drawing their strengths from widespread discrimination in general, and the treatment and injustice meted out to Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula in particular. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

Organisations such as Bheem Army are also drawing their strengths from widespread discrimination in general, and the treatment and injustice meted out to Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula in particular. (Arun Sharma / HT Photo)

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