A woman, from Haryana alleged that four men raped her and her 14-year-old cousin, two weeks ago. One of the woman further informed that they were being punished for consuming beef even though they had denied the claim.
“They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they said that was why (we were being punished),” woman recalled. The 20-year-old also claimed the men beat her aunt and uncle to death, reports BBC News.
A local leader from the community has expressed shock over the incident and alleged that such horrific attacks has never happened in Mewat before. Abid khan, a member of Mewat Bar Association added,
“We have never had any religious tensions here since independence. People [Hindus and Muslims] have always lived in peace in this area. It’s possible that this incident was planned to create religious tensions in the area”.
The family of the victims alleged that they had informed the authorities about cow vigilante on several occasions, who repeatedly ignored the complaint.
Dismissing the news of the rape and murder due to religious tension, BJP said that the claims are just to create religious tension in the area. Further, BJP leader Chaudhary Aurangzeb told reporters that, “This is not about Hindus or Muslims. The people who are responsible for this incident will be punished and it doesn’t matter which community they belong to.”
On the other hand Shatrujeet Singh, ADGP of Haryana police, said that, “The women never mentioned anything about beef or cow vigilantism in her complaint.” Now, the state government has decided to transfer the case to Central Investigation Bureau (CBI).
As the Eid ul Azha is approaching, the tensions in the district of Mewat, Haryana’s Muslim- dominated region has increased. Earlier, after the beef ban in the state, the beef policing by the state police has also made headlines which has been criticized by the oppositions. Cow- slaughter, sale and storage of beef is illegal in Haryana and if caught, the act is punishable by a 10-year-jail term and/or a fine if Rs 100,000 to Rs 500,000.