Despite vandalism, cow vigilante groups are now legal entities
In a development that is going to make people more scared and worried about the everyday hooliganism that we are witnessing in the name of cow protection, many such group of vigilantes are actually registering themselves formally as "companies" in different states of India.
The development comes at a time India is already reeling under unlawful activism in the name of espousal of animal rights, which has led to innocent people, in particular from the minority community, being lynched by frenzied mobs, the latest example being the ghastly incident in Alwar where dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed by cow protection vigilantes (read goons) on 1 April.
In what can be called an absolutely detestable development, many such group of vigilantes have started registering themselves under the Companies Act. Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Gujarat and Karnataka are among the top states where such registration has taken place in the last few months.
One such "Company" is the Gaubachaokranti that transalates to Save Cow Revolution. This group, which got registered in UP under the Companies Act, has enrolled nearly 8,000 members who are not only being given a monthly stipend but have also been distributed employees' identity card. One Jagatpratap, who is the president of the Kranti, is proud to boast about his organisation and the "social work" they are doing. He claims that there employees do not carry out any unlawful raid or beating up of men involved in cow slaughter or transport.
He says that his only intent is to save cows from being slaughtered and they register protest against illegal smugglers of cows and traders who sell cows for slaughter or export purpose in non-violent means. He claims to have saved thousands of cows. In information available to this reporter, this "company" has enrolled hitherto unemployed people who are now being given a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000.
Gausanrakshakmanch is another such "company" which recently registered itself in Rajasthan. It has a staggering number of 6,000 plus "employees". The company's president is one Rajveer who openly thumps chest to the media, saying that their organisation will not allow anybody to "eat our mother (cow)", He also promises to "fight until death" to save cows. Ironically, till now what has surfaced in the press is how these people "take out life" of innocents in the endeavour rather than sacrifice their lives.
These vigilantes jump at the slightest provocation and rumour and end up killing people who are later found to be not remotely associated with cow slaughter. The anger and violence is systematically directed against the minority community. The scale of the violence can be gauged by the fact that in Gurgaon alone, which in any case is adjacent to the country's national capital, eight cases were registered by police involving violent attack on civilians by such cow protection activists.
Gau Rakshak Dal is yet another vigilantes' organisation that is now certified to be a company in India. And, all this while targeted violence against the minorities by such goons go on unabated. Shameful, indeed.