April 5th, 2017
It’s another day in the 21st century India, and yet again a man falls victim to the bovine vigilantism which the country is reeking of. A 55-year-old Haryana resident succumbed to his injuries on Monday night after being brutally beaten up by a frenzied group of Gaurakshaks because he was transporting cows in Alwar. The video which went viral shows dozens of people beating 5 people on road.
According to the reports of The Indian Express, Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station told that the deceased — Pehlu Khan — and four other people were attacked by members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal on Saturday evening near Jaguwas crossing on National Highway 8. Though the victims had produced documents to show that they had purchased the cows as their own cattle, the attackers didn’t pay heed and thrashed them brutally alleging they were illegally transporting cows.
Sinsinwar also informed that the vehicle was attacked while it was moving from Jaipur to Nuh district in Haryana. The attackers reportedly allowed the driver, Arjun, to leave the scene while they kept on beating the others. Five of them had to be taken to the hospital, where Pehlu Khan breathed his last. The video of the aghast brutality circulated all over social media like wildfire, but the police have not been able to arrest any of the culprits.
22-year-old Azmat, who was travelling in the same pickup truck with Khan, told The Indian Express, “We were returning from a Saturday fair in Jaipur. I had bought two milch cows for Rs 75,000, and I had all the valid documents with me. We were not even trying to hide the cows, as we were taking them in a pick-up truck. At around 6 pm on Saturday, the Gau Rakshaks stopped our vehicle and asked us our names. They allowed our driver, Arjun, to leave.” He added that the attackers took Rs 35,000 from him, saw all the documents they were carrying but then pulled them out of the vehicle and started beating up.
Making recreation of brutality, the attackers had asked Khan to run because he was old. Then they again chased him down and beat him up. The other injured along with Azmat — Irshad, Aarif, Rafiq — alleged that they had returned to Nuh on Tuesday as they didn’t get proper care at the Kailash Hospital in Behror. They allege that even Khan’s death happened somewhat due to medical negligence as all of the hospital staff were looking down at them.
The Behror police had lodged an FIR against the Gau Rakshaks under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (destruction of property), 308 (culpable homicide) 379 (theft) and now added Section 302 (murder) after Khan’s death.
The transporters were also booked under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.
In another incident, a woman and her husband were beaten up in Delhi because the woman had picked up a stone and threw it at the cow to scare the animal away.
The Logical Indian Take
Incidents like these capture the very mood of the country that is ready to take the most severe of the measures justifying the holy sanctity of cows. This is just a fringe report coming from the state of Rajasthan, but every other day we see reports of brutal attacks coming from different corners of the country in the buoyed by bovine politics. The hysteria has spread across the mass who are now ready to take law into their own hands. Intolerance still remains a major concern in the country where democracy is ruptured every day giving theology upper hand.