Killing Men to Save Cows

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The current ses­sion of Par­lia­ment has been dom­i­nated by op­po­si­tion protests about lynch­ings by self-styled ‘gau rak­shaks’. There are no of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics on the num­bers of beat­ings, lynch­ings, deaths or in­juries caused by th­ese vig­i­lantes in the name of ‘cow pro­tec­tion’, be­cause the gov­ern­ment doesn’t dis­tin­guish be­tween such in­ci­dents and other beat­ings or killings. Data jour­nal­ism por­tal In­di­aSpend is one of the few pub­li­ca­tions keep­ing a run­ning tab of in­ci­dents as re­ported in the me­dia. There has been plenty of ver­bal con­dem­na­tion of the vi­o­lence, from the Prime Min­is­ter down. But has there been enough ac­tion to back up those words?

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