Dalits remain the target of attacks in India even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has publicly denounced attacks on them.
The fresh incident of attack was reported from southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
As per reports in local media, two Dalits were tied to tree, stripped and beaten up badly for skinning a dead cow at Janakipeta in Amalpuram town in the AP.
The cow had died due to electrocution, according to reports.
On getting the information that the Dalits were skinning cows, a group of alleged cow protectors rushed to the spot and thrashed them badly, ultimately leaving the victims on the hospital beds.
“We have registered a case under SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against some persons, who are yet to be identified. We are investigating the case and gathering clues about the suspects,” a local police official was quoted as saying by the PTI on Wednesday.
The incident comes some a fortnight after four Dalit people were flogged by the cow vigilantes in Gujarat, triggering massive protests across the state and uproars in the Parliament.
Last month again, two Dalit youths were thrashed and allegedly urinated upon by a group of influential villagers in Bihar for reportedly stealing a bike in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, prompting the police to register a case against 11 accused persons.
A couple of days back, Prime Minister denounced such attacks on Dalits in the name of cow protection saying those indulging in such acts should attack him first.
The Prime Minister had asked people to beware of “fake” cow protectors as they were trying to create “tension and conflict” in the society.
“If you want to attack, attack me, not Dalits. Goli Chalana hai to muhj pe chalaiye, mere Dalit bhaiyon pe mat chalaiye. (If you want to shoot, shoot me not my Dalit brothers)”, the PM said addressing a rally in Hyderabad on Sunday.