Modi urges states to curb violence by cow protection groups

Pierre Vaugeois
Juillet 17, 2017

"Every state government should act against it".

Modi's remarks came against the backdrop of Trinamool Congress and RJD dubbing the action against their leaders by law enforcement agencies over alleged corruption as political conspiracy. "But committing crimes in the name of cow protection out of personal animosities can not be tolerated", Modi said. While a joint meeting of Opposition leaders is slated on Tuesday for putting in place their strategy for the session, other issues like the flood situation particularly in Assam and other North-Eastern States, violence over Gorkhaland, fallout of demonetisation, job losses and disinvestment of PSUs are also likely to be raised.

Modi had spoken against cow vigilantes earlier as well. But that had little impact on curbing the violent incidents.

An estimated 30 people have been killed in cow-related violence since 2010.

Modi has condemned the violence against Muslims, who make up 14 percent of India's 1.3 billion people, and lower-caste Hindus who eat beef or work in the meat and leather industries.

According to him, "These affect the image of the country".

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Quoting PM Modi, Kumar said,"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it".

The last time the prime minister had spoken up against cow vigilantes - following constant prodding by political rivals - was in his home state of Gujarat.

"The cow is treated as a mother and it is an emotive issue". Public sentiments are attached with the cow.

On Saturday, a judge in the capital New Delhi while sentencing the son of an industrialist to two years in jail for killing a motorcyclist with his speeding BMW vehicle in 2008 remarked that in India those who kill cows were dealt with stricter laws than unruly drivers. The opposition has vowed to raise the issue in Parliament, seeking answers from the government on what it was doing to end the violence that has claimed many lives in the country. "The prime minister also sought the co-operation of all parties for the successful implementation of GST", Kumar said.

He said the government was "fully committed to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir and to wipe out the anti-national elements from the state" and reiterated that the path laid down by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was being pursued.

The meeting was called to seek opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament.

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