The brutal attack on a Bengaluru woman by a mob of about 100 Muslims for reporting illegal cow slaughter to authorities and trying to rescue animals from the slaughterhouse is highly condemnable. However, more shocking is the tepid response of the liberals, media and animal rights activists to the development. The local police and authorities have tried to hush up the matter. So far either a case has been filed or culprits have been arrested.
Former chief minister of Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa has condemned the incident. He tweeted, “Condemn the brutal mob-attack on the woman who exposed illegal cow slaughter. This violent attack today in Bengaluru is another proof law and order breakdown under Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah.”
According to media reports, Nandini, along with a couple of friends, was driving by Avalahalli area near Tippu Circle in Bengaluru’s JP Nagar when she spotted some suspicious activity. They saw cows being taken to a secluded place for slaughtering. The locality has many illegal beef shops. Nandini, a software professional, and her friends went to Thalaghattapura police station around 6 30 pm and lodged a complaint.
Although the police promised them to take action, their response was slow. “When they were leaving to locate the area we mentioned, we requested them to take us along so that we could direct them,” Nandini said. At the spot, the police left the activists at the mercy of goons who attacked the woman and her friends with bricks and stones. “Assuming there would be police inside the lane, we went inside. There, I was shocked to see that we were alone. Not one cop was there. The mob got into a frenzy and hurled bricks at my vehicle,” Nandini told India Today.
According to Nandini the constables did nothing to prevent the attack. “They shouted pro-Pakistan slogans and continued raining stones at my car from all sides. I somehow managed to get myself out of these. All this happened around 8 30 PM. Window panes of my car shattered and my right shoulder was injured,” she told India Today.
When the party reached the police station, the sub-inspector shouted at them. He was not ready to entertain their complaint and refused to take pictures of them as proof of the attack. The police are hand-in-glove with the criminals.
In July, seven tourists from Hyderabad and Delhi were assaulted and three of their women companions were allegedly molested by a group of cattle smugglers in the Rayagada district of Odisha. They were attacked after they reportedly protested the beating and torture of the animals by the cattle smugglers. Of the seven tourists that included friends and their families, three were women.
In October 2015, Prashant Poojary, a flower-seller from Moodbidri, was murdered for trying to shut down an illegal slaughterhouse.
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