IN THE NAME OF THE COW

India Today - - IMAGES 2017 -

Sup­port­ers of the BJP say too much is be­ing made of at­tacks by so-called gau rak­shaks, who ter­rorise peo­ple un­der the aegis of ‘cow pro­tec­tion’, of up­hold­ing laws that seek to pre­vent the trans­port of cat­tle across state lines for slaugh­ter. Sta­tis­tics show a sig­nif­i­cant ac­cel­er­a­tion in the num­ber of such at­tacks since 2014, when Naren­dra Modi be­came prime min­is­ter. In the first six months of the year, there have been 18 re­ported at­tacks, 75 per cent of the to­tal num­ber for 2016, the worst year for at­tacks since 2010. In­deed, of the 60 re­ported in­ci­dents of gau rak­shak vi­o­lence since 2010, al­most 97 per cent have oc­curred af­ter the Modi gov­ern­ment took charge. Of the 25 who have died at the hands of gau rak­shaks since 2010, 21 have been Mus­lim.

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