The violence in the name of Gau raksha has been rising day by day. Madhya Pradesh mob a day before yesterday targeted two Muslim women over beef rumour, this was 27th attack in this year for the said issue.
Two Muslim women were being slapped, kicked and abused for nearly half an hour by a mob of cow vigilantes, as police stand by. “Gau mata ki jai! (hail mother cow),” the attackers scream, the onlookers over the incident remained silent without any intervene.
The two women were arrested on suspicion of carrying beef on 27 July, 2017, which is banned, and were harshly treated by the mob. The police later said it was buffalo meat, carrying which is not banned. The women were charged for trading meat without a permit. As per the report – No action was taken against the attackers.
According to the statistical data collected by Hindustan Times shows that “as many as 70 cases of cow-related violence has been recorded over eight years. The attack in the town of Mandsaur in western Madhya Pradesh was the 26th in 118 days on the two women, since 55-year-old Pehlu Khan died after a mob attack on April 1, 2017, bringing the count to 27 cases of cow-related violence in seven months this year, the most in eight years, according to an India database that records such violence.
According to the new national database shows that
- 97% (68 of 70) of such incidents were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014.
- 54% of the cow-related violence–38 of 70 cases–were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
The analysis of violence recorded until July 27, 2017 after the relevation of attacks shows that Muslims that were the target were
- 51% (36 of 70) cases of violence centered on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017)
- 86% (24 of 28) has been comprised of killed in 70 incidents.
The number of the related case has increased, till now at least 136 people were also injured in these attacks, and more than half (54%) of these attacks were based on the rumours, our analysis of the India Spend database revealed.
The Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower house) on July 25, 2017 said this government statement that the increase in violence related to bovine issues from the last three last years has increased drastically but the ministry of home affairs does not collect data on lynchings. National or state crime data do not distinguish general violence from cow-related attacks and lynchings, so as per the database it is clear that the voilence has been growing.
If we go through the year data:
- 70 attacks over eight years, 68 (97%) occurred within seven months in 2017.
- 25 incidents the second-most cases of cow-related violence in 2016.
In nearly half or 49% (34 attacks) of cases reported, police registered cases against victims/survivors–as they did in Mandsaur–an analysis of our cow-related-violence database revealed.
On June 29, 2017, Modi spoke about the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, said: “Killing people in the name of gau bhakti (cow worship) is unacceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.”
“No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem.”
the prime minister said Yes it should be done “No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinobha Bhave,” He ended the statement saying, “Let’s all work together. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of.”