As police looked on, two Muslim women suspected of carrying beef were beaten up and abused by Hindu Dal activists at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district. Utv Pakistan Report
Police were reportedly at the railway station on Tuesday to arrest the two Muslim women, after they received information that the duo was travelling with a large quantity of beef to sell. However, a mob that had gathered at the spot were able to thrash the women for nearly half an hour before they were taken away by the officers.
“Those women are criminals and it was women who beat them up, so it’s a reaction to an action,” BJP MLA Yashpal Sisodia said, defending the activists.
Taking a strong note of the incident, Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupender Singh on Wednesday said action would be initiated against those who have attempted to take the law in their hands.
“The veterinary report stated that prima facie it was found to be buffalo meat. No one should take the law in their hands. If report comes from the women, we will take action against those who have tried to take the law in their hands,” Singh told ANI.
The incident comes just two weeks after four Dalit youths were flogged by cow protection vigilantes allegedly for skinning a dead cow in Gujarat’s Una district. The incident sparked a huge outrage with the Dalits taking to the streets to vent their ire.
Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha tried to corner the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh, over the issue.
Leader of Opposition and Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “Gau raksha honi chahiye, lekin uske naam par bahaana karke Dalit aur Musalmanon ko target karo, uske khilaaf hain hum. (Cow should be protected, but we are against the targeting of Dalits and Muslims in its name.”
“[The] BJP raises ‘Mahilaon ke samman mein, BJP maidan mein’ slogan, yet in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh women thrashed on beef rumours,” Mayawati said.
MPs stormed the well of the House to protest against the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo’s comments on the Dalit protests in Gujarat, also a BJP-ruled state.
BJP leader Mukhar Abbas Naqvi issued a clarification on the matter: “Violence in any state is condemnable, we don’t justify anything. Also, the MP government took cognizance of the issue about which Mayawati ji spoke about.”
“[We] want to restore an environment of belief and development in country. We should rise above politics on such issues, and the welfare of the society should be above our personal motives,” he added.