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20 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Police of India complicit in killings by cow vigilantes

AFP, New Delhi
Police of India 
complicit in killings by cow vigilantes

Indian police are often complicit in killings carried out by cow vigilante groups, Human Rights Watch said yesterday, calling on authorities to take tougher action to halt lynchings. The slaughter of cows -- revered by Hindus -- is a powder-keg issue in secular India. Men accused of killing or trading in cattle have increasingly been targeted since the Hindu nationalist government came to power in 2014.

Critics have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governing party of pandering to fringe groups to win votes. "Calls for cow protection may have started out as a way to attract Hindu votes, but it has transformed into a free pass for mobs to violently attack and kill minority group members," said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch (HRW). "Indian authorities should stop egging on or justifying these attacks, blaming victims, or protecting the culprits," Ganguly said.

 

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