IN THE NAME OF THE COW
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.