INDIA’S top court proposed measures last Wednesday (6) to stem what it called growing violence by vigilantes who claim to be protecting cows.
The supreme court was responding to a private petition from Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
It said state governments should appoint senior police officers tasked specifically with curbing such attacks.
“There should be a planned strategy to stop growing violence in this sphere,” said the judges, headed by India’s chief justice Dipak Misra.
The slaughter of cows and the possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian states, with some imposing life sentences for breaking the law.
India has recently seen a spate of horrific lynchings by extremists mostly targeting Muslims, who have historically eaten beef.
The police registered more than three dozen cases in the last two years against vigilantes for targeting people who eat beef or work in the meat and leather industries.
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