Amid a rising debate and protests over incidents of violence against minorities including Muslims and Dalits from various parts of the country, a new video has surfaced on social media which shows four-five self-acclaimed ‘Gau Rakshaks’ mercilessly beating a man for allegedly carrying cow meat.
The video, uploaded by one Pratik Sinha on Facebook, shows a group of men beating up another man in the middle of what looks like a highway road. Shouts of ‘will you kill my mother (cow)’ in local dialect can also be heard in the background. On the other hand, the man who is being targeted can be heard continuously asking for ‘forgiveness’ from perpetrators.
Indian Express, however, could not independently verify the authenticity of the video. Also, the exact location where this incident took place and the identity of all the individuals involved is unclear. However, continuous reference to cow as ‘mother’ and the fact that the man was caught for carrying a ‘large quantity of suspicious meat on his bike’ makes it clear that the case is that of cow vigilantism.
This video has come up just a couple of days after another video of two Muslim women being cornered and beaten up at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh on the suspicion that they were carrying beef. The issues was raised in Parliament also. The BJP-led state government faced a lot of criticism for not being able to ‘contain’ such elements who target minorities in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’.
On the other hand, the BJP government at Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under a lot of pressure as opposition parties and members of civic society have blamed them of giving a free hand to the cow vigilante groups. Members of Dalit community recently came out in Gujarat and held massive protests against the government after four Dalit youth were stripped and tortured in Una for skinning a dead cow.
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Meanwhile, these incidents have managed to attract attention of international media. The United States on Saturday took note of these incidents and asked the Indian government to do “everything in its power” to protect citizens and to bring to justice the perpetrators.