Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat today proposed the idea of a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. He made the statement in Delhi, during an event organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir. “We want a law banning cow slaughter across the country,” he said. However, he also said that violence in the name of cow protection does not serve the purpose and should be stopped. He said that any action taken towards protecting cows should be within the framework of law. “Any violence in the name of cow slaughter defames the cause and the law must be obeyed,” he said.
Bhagwat’s statement comes at a time when a huge controversy has been created after the death of Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly beaten to death by Gau Rakshaks. Khan was a dairy farmer and he had legal documents issued by the Jaipur civic authority, but even then he was thrashed by Gau Rakshaks in Alwar district in Rajasthan. It may be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier criticized violence perpetrated by Gau Rakshaks. Last year, Modi had said that 70-80 percent of so called Gau Rakshaks were anti-social people.