Following the rape case of a 14- month old toddler in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, violence against the migrant workers broke out in several districts of Gujarat.
Around 50,000 migrant workers from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have fled the state due to the picaresque violence broke out against them. More than 431 people have been arrested on charges of violence.
Six districts, most of them in northern Gujarat, witnessed sporadic incidents of violence against Hindi-speaking people. Mehsana and Sabarkantha were the worst-hit districts.
Uttar Bharatiya Vikas Parishad President Maheshsingh Kushwah claimed that over 20,000 people belonging to Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh had fled the state due to the prevailing uncertainty.
Gujarat is the manufacturing hub for pharmaceuticals, housing over 3,300 manufacturing units, for which the exodus may create problems.
There is nothing more frightening than poverty. The root cause of the violence in Gujarat is the closed down factories and unemployment there. Both the system and that economy are reeling.