Mob killings will end if people stop eating cow meat, says RSS leader

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 Monday.

“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.

“Not a single religion in the world approves killing of cows. Be it Christianity, which talks of ‘holy cow’, because Jesus was born in a cowshed. In Islam… killing cows is banned in Mecca and Madina… or any other religion, killing a cow is not approved anywhere,” Kumar said. Kumar’s statement has come at a time when there widespread outrage over a man being lynched on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Rajasthan’s Alwar last Saturday.

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,” Mr. Kumar, an executive committee member of the RSS, said.

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

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

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

Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi said that Muslims should stop eating beef. Speaking to ANI, Rizvi said that even in Islam cow meat is considered ‘haram’ (forbidden). He pitched for strict action against culprits who kill cows.

“Muslims should stop eating beef. Killing of cows should stop. You cannot stop mob lynching, security cannot be deployed everywhere. So a law should be made awarding strict punishment to those killing cows,” Rizvi said.

Backing the statement of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar on cow killing, Rizvi further said that someone with status of a mother should not be killed.