Two Muslim women were beaten up over allegations of beef possession by a crowd lead by cow vigilantes at Mandsaur railway station in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, reported CNN-News18.
In a video recorded by a spectator, the mob is chanting “Gau mata ki jai”, cornering the two women. People from the crowd then slap, kick and abuse the women, while the policemen present at the scene make apathetic attempts to control the crowd, reported NDTV.
As per the NDTV report, the police had been tipped off about the two women carrying 30 kg of beef, and had gone to the station to arrest the women.
But even after they were arrested, the women were thrashed by the mob for nearly half an hour before police finally took them away. Deccan Chronicle reported that many other spectators stood silently, but nobody came to the women’s aid.
According to the report, it was further revealed that the meat was that of buffalo and not cow. But the women have still been charged as they did not have a permit to sell meat.
However, no action has been taken against the mob that beat up the women, or the policemen who failed to stop the attack.
The incident caused a furore in the Rajya Sabha, with BSP chief Mayawati and others condemning the attack.As she completed her submission, BSP members trooped into the Well of the House, shouting anti-government slogans. Congress members too joined them in the well.
“Mahila virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (This anti-women government will not be tolerated)”, they shouted. “Dalit virodhi yeh sarkar nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (this anti-Dalit government will not be tolerated).”
Azad said his Congress party was not principally against cow protection but was against targeting of dalits and Muslims in name of Gau Raksha.”Let it be very clear. We are not against Gau Raksha. But in the garb of Gau Raksha, targeting dalits and Muslims is something we are against,” he said.
The state government assured that strict action will be taken against the attackers, but reports said nobody was arrested till Wednesday morning.
“No one should take law in their own hands. Those who are held responsible will be held guilty and action will be taken against them,” State Home Minister Bhupendra Singh said.