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Cow Vigilantism & Mob Lynching: What is happening in India?

Cow Slaughter Ban, Cow Protection, Mob Lynching for beef eating
Cow Slaughter Ban and Mob Lynching has become the talk of the town

Mumbai: Cow slaughter has always been a sensitive issue in India with the cow being associated with Lord Krishna in Hinduism and finding support from other religions like Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhs and also while being seen simply as a form of diet in Islam and Christianity.


In case of cow slaughter, state legislatures have the power to make laws as it is a State subject. In 2005, the Supreme Court of India upheld the validity of cow slaughter laws enacted by various States. Only Kerala, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have not prohibited cow slaughter.


With the BJP coming to power in 2014, the cow slaughter issue has now also become political. Soon after in 2015, the Government of Maharashtra and Haryana extended the cow slaughter ban to include other bovine animals as well. Haryana’s cow slaughter ban is stringent, non-bailable leading to imprisonment for upto 10 years with a fine of upto INR 1 lac. While Gujarat tops it all with its laws entailing a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. And with saffron clad CM Yogi Adityanath at the helm in UP, enough fodder has been provided for cow vigilantism.

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Mohammed Akhlaq was the first victim; lynched by a mob in Dadri for consuming ‘Cow meat’ on Eid….only to be known much later that it was not ‘Cow’ meat !! After Dadri, mob lynching was also reported in Jharkhand. Bajrang Dal activists killed a man in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, and also attacked a Dalit family in Karnataka. Similar attacks on Dalits were made by ‘Gaurakshaks’ in Una, Gujarat. Recently a Muslim youth, Junaid was killed on a train and his brothers injured in the name of beef possession and cattle transporters were attacked in Assam…… and these are only part of the official figures!


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Knowing that some states would simply not change their laws, the Central Govt. has cleverly under the garb of the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets)  Rules, 2017‘ have banned the sale and purchase of ‘cattle’ from animal markets for slaughter with immediate effect. The new rules define ‘cattle’ to include all bovine animals and camels too and states that the law only seeks to regulate sale of cattle in animal markets and not private sales.


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Also one wonders how ‘cruelty’ under the new law is equated only with cattle sold at animal farms and not privately and also why is ‘cruelty’ not associated with other animals like Goats, Pigs, Sheep and Fowl.


Sadly ‘Cow vigilantism’ today is a convenient and most ironically ‘legal’ way to get away with murder and mayhem. And while PM Modi pays lip service and releases, but only annual statements to the press on the issue, we hope the sensible Indian wakes up and takes the right stand.


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