De­spite van­dal­ism, cow vig­i­lante groups are now le­gal en­ti­ties

Youth Street News - - Youth News -

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.

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