In a recent act of Hindu extremism in India, the so-called Hindu cow vigilantes killed a Muslim man, identified as 52-year-old Nayeem Ahmad Shah, in the Chenab valley’s Bhaderwah district.
According to police,protests has been erupted in the area after the killing of Muslim man. Police said that a group of Muslim men transporting horses became involved in an altercation in a remote mountainous area of Indian-administered Kashmir before dawn. “We are investigating the angle of cow vigilantism,” inspector general of police for the region, M K Sinha told international news agency adding seven suspects were taken into custody for questioning.
In India, where cows are venerated by a large segment of the population, cow vigilante violence involving mob attacks in the name of “cow protection” targeting mostly illegal cow smugglers, has “allegedly” swelled since 2014. There is a debate on whether there has actually been any change in the number of such incidences, as Government Data points out to reduced communal tensions post 2014. Cattle slaughter is banned in most states of India.