Lynchings Can Stop If People Stop Eating Cow Meat: RSS Leader

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RANCHI — RSS leader Indresh Kumar has said if the practice of eating cow meat was stopped, many crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be curtailed, in an apparent reference to the incidents of mob lynching. 

Kumar was here to attend a programme of the Hindu Jagaran Manch yesterday. 

“If the practice of eating cow meat is stopped, many such crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be stopped,” he said. 

The RSS leader also pointed out that killing a cow was not approved by any religion.

Condemning the recent assault on social activist Swami Agnivesh, Kumar said nobody has the right to hurt the sentiments of others.

Agnivesh was beaten up at Pakur in Jharkhand on July 17 allegedly by members of BJP-affiliated youth groups who accused him of speaking against Hindus.

“It is wrong and condemnable. But nobody has the right to hurt others’ sentiments in the name of freedom of expression,” Kumar, an executive committee member of the RSS, said.

He said there was need for a strong act against those who hurt religious faith.

On the mob lynching incidents in various parts of the country, Kumar said, “Any mob lynching incident is condemnable.” 

Lynching Won’t Stop Unless Cow Gets Status Of ‘Rashtra Mata’: BJP MLA

Incidents of lynching will not stop till the time cow gets the status of “Rashtra Mata”, a BJP MLA from Telangana has said, amid the outrage over the killing of a Muslim man over suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Rajasthan’s Alwar.

T Raja Singh Lodh, the BJP MLA from Goshamahal here, said in a video message on a social networking website on Sunday he does not want “khoon-kharaba” (bloodletting) on the issue, but if it has to stop, cow must be declared the Mother of the Nation.

In the 7-minute clip, the lawmmaker also urged MPs to make such a demand in Parliament.

“Till cow is not accorded the status of ‘Rashtra Mata’, I feel the war for ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection) will not stop even if ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow protectors) are put into jails or bullets are fired at them,” Singh said.

He also sought Prime Mininister Narendra Modi’s support for the demand.

“Till the time a ministry of cow protection is created in every state and stringent laws are enacted for cow protection, I feel such killings will not stop….this is my feeling and I am telling the fact,” Singh, known for making controversial remarks, said.

Maintaining that he never supported the killing or beating up of people by “gau rakshaks”, Singh, however, deplored “nobody discusses protection of cows and how to stop such violence”.

“Recently, a man named Rakbar alias Akbar Khan, a cow smuggler was killed. The media reported some cases of cow smuggling were pending against him,” he said, claiming many cow protection activists were killed by cattle smugglers but such incidents were ignored by media.

However, when a cow smuggler is killed the electronic media rakes up the issue, which is also raised in Parliament, he said.

Singh also took to Twitter where he claimed a Hindu man was lynched in Rajasthan the same day as Khan over his love affair with a Muslim girl.

“Same day When Rakbar Khan was allegedly Lynched Kheta Ram Bheel a Dalit was also Lynched in Rajasthan by the Muslim family of the girl he loved. BUT MEDIA & other secular parties are not interested as all the accused are from Peaceful community which doesn’t suit their agenda,” he wrote.

Rakbar and his friend Aslam were accosted by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar’s Ramgarh on Saturday. Aslam managed to flee, but Rakbar was brutally assaulted. He later died from injuries received during the attack.

The Ghoshamahal MLA has often found himself on the wrong side of the law because of his remarks.

He recently said the holy Quran was responsible for the spread of terrorism and those hosting Iftaar parties were begging for Muslim votes.

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