Ahmedabad: The Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, the organization headed by Jignesh Mevani, on Tuesday approached the Ahmedabad collectorate with a memorandum seeking Y category protection for the new member of the Gujarat legislative assembly (MLA) and the withdrawal of cases against him and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad.
The memorandum states that since emerging as a national leader, Mevani has been receiving deaths threats via phone calls and messages and over social media.
Y category protection involves a security detail of 11 personnel.
“Jignesh Mevani has been working with full dedication and has been fighting against injustice and superstition and for social issues, which many people don’t like and so they have been threatening him. Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh were killed this way. So, in such a situation, the government must provide security to Jignesh Mevani. Otherwise, the government will be responsible for his death,” said Subodh Parmar, co-convenor of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch.
Parmar was referring to the assassinations of the rationalists and one journalist since 2013.
Narendra Dabholkar, a rationalist and author who fought against superstition, was gunned down in Pune in August 2013. Academic M. M. Kalburgi was shot down in Karnataka’s Dharwad district in August 2015 after receiving death threats for speaking out against superstitions in Hinduism. Govind Pansare, who ran an organization that encouraged inter-caste marriages and who had opposed the Putrakameshti yajna, a Hindu ritual that supposed results in a male child, died of his wounds in February 2015 five days after being attacked by the two gunmen on a motorcycle in Mumbai. Gauri Lankesh, a journalist-turned-activist and a critic of right-wing Hindu extremism, died after three men fired at least seven bullets at her outside her home in Bangalore in September 2017 while she was out on bail in a defamation case filed against her.