Everybody has right to eat beef, gau rakshaks should be punished severely: Union Minister Athawale

Athawale, who is the founder-leader of the Republican Party of India, an Ambedkarite party, called for strict action to be taken violent cow vigilantes in the country. He said that everybody has the right to eat beef, adding that one shouldn't take the law in their hands.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14, 2017 4:55 pm
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Union Minister Ramdas Athawale lashed out at self-proclaimed gau rakshaks on Friday over recent incidents involving lynchings across the country on suspicion of beef consumption, saying that everybody has the right to eat beef. He added that gau rakshaks should be severely punished. Talking to media persons, the Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment told news agency ANI, “Beef khaane ka sabko adhikaar hai. Gau raksha ke naam par nar bhakshak banna theek nahi hai (Everybody had the right to eat beef. It is not right to become a beast in the name of cow protection).”

Athawale, who is the founder-leader of the Republican Party of India (RPI), an Ambedkarite party, also called for strict action to be taken violent cow vigilantes in the country. “Aapko police ke paas jaane ka adhikaar hai, kanoon haath mein lene ka adhikaar nahi. Gau rakshakon ko kathor saza milni chahiye (You have the right to approach the police, not to take the law in your hands; Gau rakshaks should be severely punished).”

Athawale’s statement comes in the wake of a spate of mob lynchings across the country on the suspicion of people transporting, selling or consuming beef or cows for slaughter. The incidents have caused a political uproar in the country, with opposition parties such as Congress blaming the ruling BJP to be the prime cause behind violent cow vigilantism in the country.

Athawale has been critical of cow vigilantes since a long time. In May this year, he had attacked cow vigilantes for considering themselves above the law. He had also said that it was unfortunate that Dalits were facing atrocities for skinning carcasses of dead cows, which was how they earned their livelihood. The RPI is a BJP ally.

(with inputs from ANI)

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    Jeevan Karkera
    Jul 16, 2017 at 6:38 am
    Like Muslims don't eat Pork, Hindus should not eat Beef. If you talk about cheap Meat then anybody can flesh of Dog, Cat or any other animals. If forgotten please read 1857 rebellion.
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      Balvir Gupta
      Jul 15, 2017 at 6:50 am
      You cannot kill cow. It is against law. Eating beef is not a fundamental or even a basic right. Choice of food is not a fundamental or basic right, particularly when it is against law and hurts the religious sentiments of a large majority of the country. So, if you persist on eating beef it is illegal and severely punishable. As regards mob killing cow-killers and carriers of beef, the government must make necessary arrangements to check this illegal act so that the Police takes the culprit in its hold before mob comes into action Then no such killing incident will happen. Opposition and media who have been vehemently criticizing this 'lynching by goondas' vehemently should provide suggestions rather than playing negative politics on cow killing for trade. Negative politics has become a trend these days. have the political morals degraded so low?
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        papa imran
        Jul 16, 2017 at 1:26 am
        shut your rass you extremist hind/ what gives you thee right to judge t as to what people eat you wicked terrorist that is what you are gupta you cant eatt cows that is the real proplem so you wicked people dictate it into law /nasty and spite full /that USA TEXAN TED POEY IS QUITE AS A MOUSE THE HEAD you indians have gone to far as to what we can and cant eat it a personal choice / meat is complete protein/ you have killed so many innoceent people where are you texan someone chop your tonguue/
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        Adrian Akau
        Jul 15, 2017 at 1:56 am
        Mob brutality for the cow god has become the most important part of Hinduvata in India since beef laws were passed. Mobs will give cow god human blood with iron rods, sticks and knives. Blood has become part of Hindu worship and the government has stood in silence because they must believe the same.
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          BlahBlah
          Jul 15, 2017 at 1:44 am
          Whether he made this statement out of political compulsion or not, I agree with Athawle. Hand these arssseeoles who are murdering in name of goraksha. I'm a vegeatrian open caste memeber who supports BJP but I don't care who eats what. If Modi does not want his agenda hijacked he needs to tell these gorakshaks to back off.
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            ANS
            Jul 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm
            Swami Vivekananda thought cow worship was supers ion. He was the greatest Hindu saint that ever lived. Cow worship and beef ban is not the core teaching of Hinduism.
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              mark
              Jul 15, 2017 at 5:59 am
              Seen from abroad sounds like if Santa Klaus and Christmas Tree were key tenets of Christianity. But what is striking is that ppl forget that the first milk they got was from their actual mother who before carried them 9 months in their bodies ... real mother comes before "mother cow", then if one wants to be kind to animals, fine, but remember that cow is mother of calf, and when human drinks milk of cow, it's stolen from the calf, the real child of cow (if cow holy, calf holy too). So if you really want stop harming cows, stop drinking milk as well.
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                papa imran
                Jul 16, 2017 at 1:35 am
                as expected you extremist hind is trying your an israeli because jew s eat meat they kill cow and other animals so why would they say that
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              m.narasimhan
              Jul 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm
              dear sir,milk is very important for any creatures in the earth there is no subs ude for milk the cow gives us milk from that curd,butter milk,butter,cheese,ghee,all these items are mixed with our daily food for growth till normal growth of humans we get more vitamins minerals,some unsrulous people illetrate in knowledge grow for fashions to get more benefits from cows without feeding them properly only aim of extracting milk then send them to butchers for flesh is more cruel than anything with analysing 6th senses that gave us,anybody if with humanity will certainly see the big huge body it carry with four leaned legs if its sufferrings cry for because the treatment meted out would lost hope of its survival in life,even a section desire to eat if they see will never go for beef if so castes community as the hon.ministertold does not standin thisclause,gandhiji,buddha,manuneedi cholas ofsouth cared cows thattheir stands even today,its purely a habit of middle east western culture only
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                BlahBlah
                Jul 15, 2017 at 1:45 am
                That is a bulklcheat statement. There are cows in the market and bulls who cahse them. Can you please take them to your home and get butter, milk, dung and from them? Cowbhakti is no deshbhakti.
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                Shyamal Ganguly
                Jul 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm
                ATHAWALE - is nobody in Indian politics, could be chopped up by the cow lovers and be fed to dogs in Nagaland and then the dog meat could be sold in the market for Naga people - as a delicacy. Is that OK? Athawale has to respect the sentiment of 800 million Hindus - out of which only 5 could be BHRASTACHARI.
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                  ANS
                  Jul 15, 2017 at 12:01 am
                  Swami Vivekananda's views on beef ban were the same as Athavale. He was the greatest Hindu saint. Beef ban and ban on cow slaughter is not Hinduism.
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                    Antony
                    Jul 15, 2017 at 1:11 am
                    hello gober eating dirty sanghi from north indian cow belt toilteless state! come to kerala i will show you 15 million hindus eating beef curry with parota? who are you talk about 800 million hindus?
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                      BlahBlah
                      Jul 15, 2017 at 1:47 am
                      Gangu Bhai.....800 million? count one less as I as a Hindu I don't care for what people eat. It is simply being given a communal angle to split people. That is misguided BJP agenda and should be corrected ASAP . I did not vote for BJP for this
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                      Pramod kumar
                      Jul 14, 2017 at 9:26 pm
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