Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met the family members of Dalits, who were thrashed while skinning a dead cow, and assured all possible help to the victims. According to a kin of the victims, Gandhi spent around 40 minutes with the family members, said he is "ashamed" that such incidents are taking place in India.
Rahul, accompanied by Congress leaders Kumari Selja and Gurudas Kamat, had tea with the family members of the victims in the remote village near Una town, Gir-Somnath district, where the incident took place on July 11.
"We narrated to him (Rahul) what happened with my cousins and uncle. He listened to us patiently and assured us that we can get justice," Jitu Sarvaiya, a cousin of the victims, told media.
"Rahulji said he feels ashamed that such incidents are still taking place in the country and gave his personal number to us to contact in case of any emergency," he said.
"He (Rahul) also asked questions about issues and discrimination being faced by us in our village. We told him about the practice of untouchability that is still prevalent here," Jitu, who is studying engineering at a college in Bhavnagar district, said.
"We demanded from him that those who were involved in the incident should be given exemplary punishment and kept behind bars for their entire life or else they will once again do this to someone else," he said.