Modi fi­nally slams killings

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

NEW DELHI: In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has bro­ken his si­lence over a wave of attacks on peo­ple ac­cused of eat­ing beef or slaugh­ter­ing cows, say­ing that killing in the name of an an­i­mal sa­cred to ma­jor­ity Hin­dus was wrong.

Modi was speak­ing a week af­ter a Mus­lim boy, 16, was stabbed to death on a train on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing beef, the lat­est of an es­ti­mated 28 peo­ple killed in cow-re­lated vi­o­lence since 2010.

Most vic­tims were killed af­ter Modi and his Hindu na­tion­al­ist party won elec­tions three years ago.

“Killing in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ is not ac­cept­able,” he told a crowd at a Hindu ashram, re­fer­ring to cow wor­ship.

“No per­son in this na­tion has the right to take the law in their own hands,” he said at the ashram ded­i­cated to the fa­ther of the na­tion Ma­hatma Gandhi in Gu­jarat. The slaugh­ter of cows is banned, and the con­sump­tion of beef re­stricted, in most In­dian states.

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