Supreme Court to examine cow vigilantism issue; asks states to respond by Nov 7

21 October 2016, 05:54 PM

Supreme Court of India on Friday agreed to examine the rising cow vigilantism across states in the wake of recent cases of violence, against Dalits and Muslims.

The court was hearing a petition by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla that demanded a ban on ‘gau rakshaks’.

This court’s decision may soon give an impetus to the ongoing debate on the cow vigilantism, violating human rights by targeting minority groups in the name of religious sentiments. 

Incidents like Una, Dadri lynching have already intensified the debate on whether such fanaticism makes sense when it comes to human rights and security?

The debate on cow slaughter is not new however, there has been widespread outrage over cow vigilantism while there are many who demand ban on cow slaughter. Now the court has asked center and six states to respond by November 7, the next date of hearing.

First Published: Friday, October 21, 2016 05:40 PM
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