Hindu seer wants national mother status for cows, says peacocks do have sex
Acharya Dharmendra, head of Khand Peeth, says cow cannot be termed an animal. Debunks theory of judge (retd) MC Sharma that peacocks don’t have sex to procreate.india Updated: Jun 01, 2017 21:14 IST
Hindu religious leader Acharya Dharmendra has disagreed with the statements of Rajasthan high court judge (retd) MC Sharma on national animal status for cow and peacocks not having sex to procreate.
“Cow cannot be termed an animal, so national animal status should not be demanded for it,” Acharya Dharmendra, who is an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, said on Thursday.
“Cow should be given status of national mother, as it is revered as mother in the country. And, cow killers should be given capital punishment,” he added.
The 75-year-old seer who heads the Khand Peeth (Virat Nagar) in Jaipur shared his views while passing through Kota after extending his bail from a court in Baran in case of provocative speech. The case is from 2008 and he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment last month.
He said judge Sharma’s observation that peahens get pregnant through tears of peacocks did not hold any ground.
“Peacocks breed through sexual intercourse. Peahens getting pregnant by swallowing tears of peacocks is merely part of a poem,” he said.
The seer expressed anguish over a recent public cow slaughter in Kerala and beef consumption in the country and said, “Beef eaters are enemies of mankind and cow killings are being justified for vote bank politics”.
He added, “Naxals (Maoists) are being given Rs 15 lakh for their surrender whereas gau rakshaks (cow protectors) are being termed as goons.”
He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Union government and Rajasthan government, also led by the party, of not fulfilling the Hindu community’s aspirations.
He said the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre by criticising the pink revolution, but beef exports had increased. He also said Pakistan was still being considered a neighbour instead of an enemy country.
The seer criticised Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for not withdrawing the provocative speech court case against him. He said court cases against a large number of BJP workers had been withdrawn.
The seer added he was not against Muslims. He said he was an admirer of “patriotic Muslims” such as former president APJ Abdul Kalam and freedom fighter Ashfaqulla Khan.
First Published: Jun 01, 2017 21:14 IST