In an incident being reported from Faridabad, Haryana, five people have been beaten by self-styled cow vigilantes, or ‘gau rakshaks’ on suspicion of carrying cow meat.
An FIR under Cow Smuggling Act has been registered. Another FIR will also be registered on victims’ complaint and investigations are underway. The confiscated meat will also be tested, said the DCP.
The incidents related to cow vigilantism have increased significantly in the year 2017.
The Supreme Court had in September demanded status report from states on implementation of its September 6 judgment related to the menace of cow vigilantism.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had said states must frame schemes to compensate victims of crime, including those of cow vigilantism as envisaged under the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The SC had said states were under obligation to compensate victims of violence by cow vigilante groups.
Supreme Court said that all states are under an obligation to compensate victims of Cow vigilantism violence cases. Next hearing is on October 31st.