By Samuel Mathai
In another case of lynching, a man was beaten to death by three men in Haryana's Palwal district. The victim was caught by three brothers while he was allegedly trying to steal cattle at a farm in the intervening night of August 2 and 3 in Bahrola village. The farm belonged to the brothers' father Shradharam.
According to police sources, the victim's two accomplices managed to escape, but he was caught and beaten to death by Beer Singh, Prakash, and Ram Kishan. The police have registered a murder case against the trio and arrested Ram Kishan, Palwal SP Waseem Akram. The victim was allegedly cutting the nets put over the cattle when he was caught.
The incident comes close on the heels of the lynching of a 28-year-old Rakbar Khan in Alwar district on suspicion of cattle smuggling.
Kill anyone and give it the colour of cow slaughter is a shameful act. It seems India is becoming a rogue nation. It appears as if the ruling party has given up completely.
Amid the government’s attempts to curb the increasing incidents of mob lynching across the nation, a report by Amnesty International has put Uttar Pradesh at the top of the list of states witnessing hate crimes.
The report says out of the 100 hate crimes reported in the first six months of 2018, committed against people from marginalised groups including dalits and religious minorities, 18 have been committed in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Gujarat with 13 cases. Rajasthan witnessed eight, and Tamil Nadu and Bihar witnessed seven cases each.
The report comes amid the recent horrific incident of a 32-year-old techie being allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Karnataka’s Bidar district on July 13 over child-lifting rumours. Three others were severely injured in the attack and are currently undergoing treatment.
88 cow vigilantism cases since 2012
According to IndiaSpend, the country’s first data journalism initiative, 86 incidents of cow-related violence were reported since 2012 in India. Over the last six years, 33 people have been killed in cow-related violence. The number of people assaulted during the cow-related violence incidents stood at 188. The total number of victims due to cow-related violence was 288. Thirty-seven of these incidents were reported in 2017 alone. Most of these incidents have occurred over the last four years since the BJP assumed power in May 2014.
As most of the victims were Muslims (56%), 11% were Dalit and 9% were Hindus. Forty-seven of these incidents were reported from the BJP ruled states. The number of such incidents reported from Congress ruled states were 10. While most of the cow-related hate crimes almost 70% were reported from north India, the attacks have also spread towards the east and south in last two years. The states that have reported most number of these incidents is in Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. (Inputs from agencies)
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