Cow vigilantism, lynching: Why Alwar emerges as a hotspot in Rajasthan
Activists say cow vigilante groups have become active after the BJP government came to power at the Centre.india Updated: Dec 08, 2017 09:03 IST
Alwar has emerged as the epicentre of cow-related crimes, with activists saying cow vigilantism has risen in tandem with the ascent of the BJP government at the Centre and the state.
Activists say cow vigilante groups have become active after the BJP government came to power at the Centre. A number of groups such as the Gau Raksha Dal, Rashtriya Mahila Gau Raksha Dal and Bajrang Dal have been involved in incidents of violence, they say.
According to the police, in 2017, a total of 389 cases were registered under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995. Of these, 259 were chargesheeted while 24 cases were closed and 76 still pending.
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In 2015, 543 cases were registered while in 2016 the number dropped to 474.
Noor Mohammed, an Alwar-based social activist, says cow protection groups do not really care for cows but for money. “It’s a business. They want money,” he says. “If you pay them, they will let you go else they will report you to the police for cow smuggling.”
Babulal Jangid, national vice president of the Gau Raksha Dal, says cow smugglers from Alwar district and neighbouring Bharatpur transport cows to slaughterhouses in Haryana.
“Vehicles smuggling cows have to go through either Alwar or Bharatpur to reach Haryana,” he added .
Incidents of violence have been reported from Alwar as there are Hindu-dominated villages near the Alwar-Haryana border that object and oppose cow smuggling.
In Bharatpur, villages near the border are dominated by Muslim Meos, so there is no opposition, activists say.
Jangid says the cows are smuggled every day and in dismal conditions. But the larger issue is connected to the socio-economic condition of the Muslims.
A study on Meo-Muslims by the Save the Children in 2011 pointed out that they are the most marginalised in the state.