Amid the ongoing violence in the name of ‘beef’ and state crackdown, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said that every individual has the “right to eat beef”, and that it is “not right to become a nar-bhakshak in the name of being a gau-rakshak”.
Athawale, who heads the Republican Party of India, condemned the alleged thrashing of a Muslim man in Nagpur district on the suspicion that he was carrying beef. He also warned that his party would be forced to take to the streets in protest if the “gau rakshaks” continue to indulge in violence.
He also called for severe punishment for “violent cow vigilantes”.
Everyone has the right to eat beef. Since goat meat is expensive, people eat beef. I condemn the Nagpur incident. It is not right to become a ‘nar-bhakshak’ (man-eater) in the name of being a ‘gau-rakshak’ (cow protector)Ramdas Athawale, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment
He said cow-vigilantes should not take the law into their hands. “Such violent cow vigilantes should be punished,” Athawale said.
The Union Minister’s comments came after a 31-year-old Muslim man, with links to the BJP, was brutally thrashed in public by alleged cow vigilantes on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district on Wednesday.
Athawale also demanded loan waiver for Dalits, OBCs and tribal corporations. The total loans of all backward organisations works out to Rs 635.99 crore, he said.