PIL in SC for action against cow vigilantes for violent acts against Dalits, minorities

The PIL said the violence committed by these 'Gau Raksha' groups have reached to such proportions that even PM Modi recently declared them as people who are "destroying the society".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2016 9:59 am
gau rakshaks, dalits, dalit, dalit atrocities, cow vigilantes, cow vigilantes atrocities, narendra modi, modi dalits, india news It also sought a direction to remove the alleged “violent content” uploaded on social media and hosted by the cow protection groups. (Source: File/ AP photo)

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and some states to take action against so-called cow vigilantes, who are allegedly spreading violence and committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities. The PIL, filed by Congress activist Tehseen S Poonawalla, said the violence committed by these ‘Gau Raksha’ groups have reached to such proportions that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently declared them as people who are “destroying the society”.

It alleged these groups were committing atrocities against Dalits and minorities in the name of protection of cows and other bovines and they needed to be “regulated and banned in the interest of social harmony, public morality and law and order in the country”. “The menace caused by the so-called cow protection groups is spreading fast to every nook and corner of the country and is creating disharmony among various communities and castes,” the petition said.

It also sought a direction to remove the alleged “violent content” uploaded on social media and hosted by the cow protection groups. The plea sought to declare as “unconstitutional” section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954, Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, and Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, which provide for protection of persons acting in good faith under the Act or rules.

“These laws and the protection granted therewith act as a catalyst to violence perpetrated by these vigilante groups,” it said. The PIL has arrayed as parties Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Jharkhand.

Seeking action against the vigilantes, the petition said the atrocities committed by them were punishable under various provisions of IPC and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of atrocities) Act, 1989. It alleged that in many cases, the police and other probe agencies were either “complicit in such illegal actions or have merely been mute spectators against such evil”.

The plea said the actions of these groups were in complete violation of Article 21 of the Constitution as it takes away the victims’ “Right to life and personal liberty”.

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    Javed Bhai
    Aug 14, 2016 at 8:13 am
    Can anyone tell me how many Child molesting Christian missionaries padre father and nuns are there in india?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;About 5,000 U.S. Christian priests and deacons have been accused of sesxual abuse in cases dating to the 1950s, but only an estimated 88 other female religious figures have been accused of abuse, according to Bishopaccountability.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The data shows about 400 alleged victims of female religious figures, not including the Montana case.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Only two of the accused women have been convicted of criminal charges, although dozens of them have been named in civil suits.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Christian Diocese of Helena, which is named in the suit, previously settled a separate suit that alleged Christian church officials covered up abuse by its Christian priests
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      Amar Akbar
      Aug 14, 2016 at 8:48 am
      Many of the approximately 2 million Hindus in stan are compelled to pay regular sums, as a type of ransom, to extortionists and local leaders in exchange for the physical security of their families and themselves. (iii) It is conventional wisdom that no job higher than a clerk’s post may be obtained by a Hindu. Furthermore, Hindus usually need a Muslim as a silent partner in order to run a business
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        John Joseph
        Aug 14, 2016 at 8:32 am
        When we say Prophet Muhammad had seex with 9 year old child, Muslims brush it away and bring all sorts of excuses to justify this shameful act. This is the nature of blind faith and cognitive dissonance. Maybe by visualizing it, some of them will would come to their senses and realize how evil this fiend they call prophet, was. There is not a single proof that this man was a prophet while there are tons of evidences that he was an evil man.
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          Martin
          Aug 14, 2016 at 8:28 am
          In the following Hadith Child molester sick old man Muhammes confided to child Aisha that he had dreamed of her before soliciting her from her father. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Sahih Bukhari 9.140lt;br/gt;Narrated 'Aisha:lt;br/gt;Allah's Apostle said to me, "You were shown to me twice (in my dream) before I married you. I saw an angel carrying you in a silken piece of cloth, and I said to him, 'Uncover (her),' and behold, it was you. I said (to myself), 'If this is from Allah, then it must happen. Sick sick sick.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Whether Muhammad had actually such dream or he just said it to please Ayesha is not the point. What matters here is that it indicates that Ayesaha was a baby being “carried” by an angel when the Prophet dreamed of her.
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            John
            Aug 14, 2016 at 8:50 am
            The plight of Hindus in stan is nowhere more evident than in the fact that the potion of Hindus in 1947, at the time of Parion, was estimated to be anywhere from 15 to 24 percent. In 1998 the Hindu potion in stan was 1.60 percent. (iv) Where and how have these Hindus disappeared?
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