Beef row: Where it is illegal and what the law says

In light of a sudden spurt of cow vigilantism in India, we take a look at states where cow slaughter is either allowed or banned.

The issue of cow vigilantes targeting civilians belonging to minority groups has found mention in the Parliament during a discussion on the ‘atrocities against Dalits’, with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav questioning the government why gau rakshaks aren’t banned.

“Who created this Gau Rakshaks, why doesn’t the government ban it? What is this tamasha?” said Sharad Yadav.

Earlier this month, the flogging of seven members belonging to a Dalit family by gau rakshaks in Gujarat led to widespread protests in the state, with many activists attempting to commit suicide. The Dalit family was attacked by cow vigilantes for allegedly slaughtering a cow. An investigation by the Gujarat CID revealed that the cow was, in fact, killed by a lion. The Dalits were merely skinning the dead cow to sell its hide.................Read more


Source: The Indian Express

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