Muslim women beaten up in MP over beef rumour, opposition slam BJP for repeated ‘gau raksha’ violence

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In another tragic incident, some members of [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]Hindu Dal thrashed two Muslim women for allegedly carrying beef, in Mandsaur district of BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh[/inlinetweet] on Wednesday.

Taking cognizance of the incident, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister, Bhupender Singh said that government will take strict action against the culprits who have tried to take the law in their hands. The incident including the beating of the dalit youth in Somnath of Gujarat for allegedly transporting beef has created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha as MPs stormed the well.

“Two women were arrested yesterday. The veterinary report stated that prima facie it was found to be buffalo meat. No one should take the law in their hands. If report comes from the women, we will take action against those who have tried to take the law in their hands,” said Singh.

The incident comes just two weeks after four Dalit youths were flogged by cow protection vigilantes allegedly for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una district. The incident sparked a huge outrage with the Dalits taking to the streets to vent their ire.

Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha tried to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh, over the issue.

Leader of Opposition and Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “Gau raksha honi chahiye, lekin uske naam par bahaana karke Dalit aur Musalmanon ko target karo, uske khilaaf hain hum. (Cow should be protected, but we are against the targeting of Dalits and Muslims in its name.”

“[The] BJP raises ‘Mahilaon ke samman mein, BJP maidan mein’ slogan, yet in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh women thrashed on beef rumours,” Mayawati said.
As she completed her submission, BSP members trooped into the Well of the House, shouting anti-government slogans. Congress members too joined them in the well.

Congress leader Anand Sharma asked why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not spoken up about the attack on Dalits in name of cow protection. “He has done ‘chai-pe-charcha’ (talk over tea) and ‘mann-ki-baat’ (straight from the heart) but why not on this issue?”

BJP leader Mukhar Abbas Naqvi issued a clarification on the matter: “Violence in any state is condemnable, we don’t justify anything.”

“[We] want to restore an environment of belief and development in country. We should rise above politics on such issues, and the welfare of the society should be above our personal motives,” he added.

(With Agency Inputs)