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Sunday, 7 August 2016

PM urges action against cow vigilantes

PM urges action against cow vigilantes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised vigilantes who portray themselves as protectors of cows - an animal considered sacred by Hindus. Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist, said such people made him "angry", and any such attacks must be investigated. He had been criticised for saying nothing about a public flogging last month of low-caste men by vigilantes. The self-styled cow defenders accused the four men from the Dalit caste of harming cattle. The victims insisted they were taking a cow's carcass for skinning, as was
their tradition. Also in July, two Muslim women were beaten up by vigilantes over accusations that they had been carrying beef. Growing pressure Speaking in the capital Delhi on Saturday, Mr Modi said he would ask state governments across India to investigate anyone linked to such vigilante attacks.

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