Hindus in India are converting to Buddhism to protest treatment of lower castes

Source: RNS

NEW DELHI, India (RNS) — Four survivors of a brutal 2016 beating at the hands of India’s so-called cow protectors converted to Buddhism this week in a high-profile ceremony recalling one of the country’s most beloved heroes and underscoring the grievances of those belonging to India’s lowest castes.

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But they were not alone. As many as 300 other people also renounced Hinduism on Sunday (April 29) near Una, Gujarat – the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party reveres cows as sacred.

“The government has not given justice to us,” said Rameshbhai Balubhai Sarvaiya, 25, one of four young men who were allegedly tied to the back of an SUV and flogged by “Gau Rakshaks,” or “cow protectors,” in Una nearly two years ago after they were found skinning a dead cow.

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