PM Narendra Modi takes on 'gau rakshaks', says killing humans is not cow protection

While addressing the people in Gujarat, PM Modi said that killing humans in the name of cow protection is not ‘gau raksha’.

After returning from a three-nation visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sabarmati Ashram centenary celebrations in Ahmedabad. While addressing the people, he spoke about the rampant cow vigilantism in the country and said that killing humans in the name of cow protection is not ‘gau raksha’.

Speaking about the issue, PM Modi said that no one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, however, killing people in the name of ‘Gau Bhakti’ (faith on cows) is not acceptable. “This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” said the Prime Minister.

He further added that no one had the right to take the law in his or her own hands.

Reacting strongly on the recent incidents of lynching in the name of cow vigilantism, he said, “India is a land of non-violence. A land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that.”

“Let’s all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of,” said the PM.

The statement comes after there has been a massive outrage against increasing cases of mob lynching over beef rumours. Earlier this week, a group of people on a train killed 16-year-old Junaid Khan, who was travelling home to his village in Haryana with his brother and two cousins after doing some shopping in Delhi ahead of Eid.

A group of about 20 men accused the teen and his companions of carrying beef in their bags and yelled religious slurs at them before they beat Junaid Khan and stabbed him to death.

PM Modi is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat and is scheduled to attend programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar.

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