On September 29, Muhammad Akhlaq, 50, a Muslim farm worker was killed and his son critically wounded by a mob of 200 Hindu villagers for allegedly consuming beef. They also attacked his wife and his 70-year-old mother.
Akhlaq and his 22-year-old son were dragged from their house in village Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and beaten by lathes (wooden sticks) and stoned to death. The older son, Muhammad Sartaj, 24, an engineer with Indian Air Force was not visiting his family during the attack.
The Hindu mob came from the local temple where the priest told the worshipers that a calf had been slaughtered and its carcass found near a transformer. Only two Muslim family live in the village. The other family escaped Hindu butchery as it was out of the village.
The event happened a few days after Muslim annual festival of Eid al-Adha when Muslims scarify a goat, lamb or cow and distribute the meat among poor families.
Slaughtering of cow, considered a deity among religious Hindus, is a crime in Utter Pradesh. Its 31 million-strong Muslim minority (19%), plus small Christian and Sikh minorities are forbidden to consume beef, which is a cheap source of protein.
Several Indian states have put similar restriction over the consumption of meat. Indian prime minister, Rajendra Modi has bemoaned over the rise of India’s meat export.
Research has proved that the upper-class Brahmin Hindus, also known as Jews of India, used to consume beef until the arrival of meat-eating Muslim invaders from neighboring Afghanistan. Fearing a mass conversion among the Hindus, the cow was declared one of Hindu god like monkey. A great majority of 220 million low-caste Dalit Hindus also consume beef.
India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, a Brahmin himself, was a meat eater. Gandhi also used to consume meat in England and South Africa. He became a ‘vegetarian’ when he entered Indian politics ( here).