Cow Slaughter Bigger Crime than Rape or Terrorism, Beef Eaters deserve to be Hanged or Lynched: BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja

A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rajasthan Gyan Dev Ahuja while speaking to some local media persons, reiterated his earlier statements made in July this year claiming that slaughtering cows is a bigger crime than terrorism, as cows are treated and respected as “mothers” in India.

Not just that, he went steps ahead this time, claiming that cow slaughter must be treated more seriously than even rape and gang rape or cross-border terrorist acts.

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Ahuja tried to defend those involved in lynching incidents claiming that they (lynching) are crimes of passion and happen on the spur of the moment in a sudden spurt of anger as a devout Hindu cannot tolerate his “mother” being murdered and that too for human consumption as beef.

“We must not blame them (those involved in lynching). Instead those who indulge in illegal trade and sale of cows for slaughter must be blamed and punished,” Ahuja is understood to have told media persons on Wednesday.

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Repeating his statements about five times during the course of the interaction, Ahuja said:

“Those who kill cows for meat must be hanged and those who involve or get involved in lynching cannot be blamed as cow slaughter is the most heinous crime of all, more evil and unforgivable than rape and gang rape, or terrorist acts.” 

Gyan Dev Ahuja, who represents Ramgarh in Alwar district, had earlier claimed terrorists kill “two to five people”, but slaughtering cows hurts the sentiments of thousands of people and hence cow slaughter is a much bigger crime than terrorism.

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Speaking to media persons today, he went one steps further and added fuel to his earlier utterances, stating that cow slaughter is a bigger crime than terrorism or rape, as both these crimes though very heinous, affect only a few people, while cow slaughter is a crime against the entire nation.

“I will consider rape and terrorist activity as a lesser evil than killing a cow for food,” Ahuja is reported to have said.

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As reported by PTI earlier, Ahuja had claimed “misbehaviour with the mother” will not be tolerated in India and therefore it is a bigger crime than terrorism.

“We treat cows like our mother,” he had said in July, according to a Hindustan Times report. “Cow slaughter should be kept in the category of terrorism and special task force should be made to deal with this issue.”

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Speaking to reporters at the BJP headquarters in Jaipur, the legislator had said cow slaughtering will incite people and hurt their sentiments, which will lead to some incidents.

This is what the BJP MLA had said in July as reported by ANI:

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“Court should accept this. How should such incidents be stopped?” he said, trying to justify the incidents of lynching and particularly the Alwar incident.

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Ahuja said India is a country, which respects mother and “Geeta, Dharti (land), cow, Ganga, Tulsi and a birth giver” are treated as mother in the country.

Who is Gyan Dev Ahuja?

According to the Indian Express, Ahuja is an MLA from Ramgarh, that lies in Alwar district. Ahuja enjoyed a sudden rush of national fame in 2016 at the height of the controversy over anti-national slogans being shouted in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University when he claimed that thousands of condoms and liquor bottles were found on the campus daily.

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“There is a controversy over what I said but I stand by my statement. I personally practice a satvik diet and satvik way of life,” Ahuja said at the time.

Ahuja was first elected to the Rajasthan Assembly on a BJP ticket in 1998, then lost in 2003, then was re-elected in 2008 and 2013. Ahuja had also said in the past that he funded cow vigilantes to operate in his area.

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Ahuja who has studied till class 12, says he’s a journalist on his official profile. Ahuja was managing editor of a now-defunct weekly called Mat Sammat.

The BJP MLA had defended the killing of Pehlu Khan, a farmer who died after being beaten by cow vigilantes in Alwar in April 2017.

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In December 2017, a man smuggling bovines was caught and assaulted in Alwar, and Ahuja reiterated that people caught smuggling cows could be killed.

Mera toh seedha seedha kehna hai ki gautaskari aur gaukashi karoge to yu hi maroge (I will only say that if you smuggle and slaughter cows, then you will be killed),” he had said, claims an Indian Express report.

Ahuja had accused the police of conspiring against the lynchers and insisted that two of the three men arrested by the Alwar police for lynching Rakbar Khan are “innocent and should be released immediately,” the Hindustan Times had reported.

with inputs from Hindustan Times, Indian Express & PTI

Jesus Christ, Bible doesn’t say ‘eat beef’, Christians must stop eating beef to stop lynchings or we will have to stop it our way: RSS leader

Delhi, July 26: After RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday gave a new twist to the Christmas Story and Biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth, saying Jesus was born in a gaushala or cow shed and hence Christians must stop eating beef, (Read Here) he added some more pearls of wisdom today.

On Thursday, when asked by media persons to clarify on what he meant by his earlier statement – Christ was born in cowshed,  he said  the expression ‘mother cow’ is used in the Bible and even Christianity considers the cow holy and refers to the animal as ‘mother cow’ or holy cow.

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Jesus Christ or the Bible does not ask Christians to eat beef, Kumar said.

“There is no religious compulsion for Christians to eat beef. Why are Christians in India hell bent on eating beef. They can consume poultry or lamb or sea food, he told reporters, adding that Christians in India must respect the sentiments of the majority Hindu community if they want to live in peace.’

He further added on Thursday that if Christians and Muslims did not stop eating beef, they (the RSS) would have to stop it their way.

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“We have our own way to enforce a complete ban on cow slaughter and ban on beef consumption in India if needed, but we would like to appeal to the people to do it on their own without any threat or coercion, Kumar said.

News agency ANI in a tweet quoted Kumar as saying:

Isaa (Jesus) dharti par gaushala mein aaye, isliye waha mother cow bolte hain. Mecca Madina mein gaye ka vadh apradh maante hain. Kya hum sankalp nahi kar sakte ki dhara,manavta ko is paap se muqt karaein.Agar muqt ho jaaye to aapki samasya(mob lynching) ka hal ho jaayega: I Kumar

The mainline media while prominently reporting the leader’s speech forgot the gaffe made by Kumar, possibly due to ignorance on the subject. Here is a print screen of the ANI tweet:

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Kumar also emphasized on the role of ‘sanskar’ (values) in dealing such problems. He said, “Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskar’ to deal with this problem.”

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Kumar in his conversation with reporters on Monday also claimed that the phrase ‘Holy Cow’ stems from the fact that Jesus was born in a cowshed and hence according to the Bible cows are holy and must not be slaughtered.

The phrase ‘Holy Cow’ has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth or the Bible and probably originated somewhere in the early 19th century, possibly during the British rule in India, where some Britons started using the phrase to refer to cow-worship in India.

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Biblical accounts state that Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger, as there was no place in the inn. The Biblical stable where Jesus was born is definitely NOT  a cowshed and is basically where horses and mules were allowed to rest, while their owners rested for the night before continuing their journey onward the next morning.

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According to a Christian website, Mary and Joseph came into town with Mary ready to deliver. Arriving at Joseph’s ancestral home town, they found it already full of other family members or relatives and cousins who had arrived earlier.

This possibly explains the “no room in the inn,” phrase.

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While the exact reason space was not made for a pregnant woman is unknown, it probably indicates the house and inn was full of elder members of Joseph’s family, who were given priority or possibly Mary and Joseph were way too late and others who had occupied the rooms in town were already fast asleep.

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So that is when Mary and Joseph went to a barn or stable. The Biblical account mentions neither barn nor cave — it is assumed because of the manger. Mangers are animal feeding troughs, and barns are where one would expect to find them.

Different types of domesticated animals were in the barn where Mary and Joseph rested for the night. However, it was definitely not a cow shed.

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In the ancient world, as well as in primitive modern cultures, mangers are also found within the house itself. Animals are regularly kept in homes at night.

Larger animals like horses and mules are kept in a shed adjacent to the house.

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According to the Indian Express, Kumar said crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. He also emphasized on the role of ‘sanskar’ (values) for dealing with such problems.

“Mob lynching can’t be welcomed…if the practice of eating cow meat is stopped, many such crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be stopped,” he said.

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In the Alwar lynching case, the Rajasthan Police admitted that there was a delay in transporting the victim to a community health centre which was just 10 minutes away from the incident site.

The victim’s family has also alleged that the police further beat up the brutally injured victim at the police station, before finally taking him to the hospital.

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Police said that a high-level committee has been set up to probe why this delay happened.

According to media reports, the victim identified Akbar Khan was first taken to the police station where officials had changed his clothes and stopped for a tea break before taking him to the community where he was declared brought dead.

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Another account says he was taken to a house of a nearby resident, where he was given a bath and washed up.

The FIR, however, says that Khan was directly taken to the community centre, which was incorrect, subsequent inquiry has revealed.

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Kumar’s comments came days after a man was lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.

“…it is true that not a single religion in the world approves killing of cows, he stressed.

Be it Christianity, which talks of ‘Holy Cow’, because Jesus was born in a cowshed; or Islam, where killing cows is banned in Mecca and Madina (cities in western Saudi Arabia); or any other religion, killing a cow is not approved anywhere,” he said, reports the Indian Express.

“Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskar’ to deal with this problem,” he said.

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Addressing a press meet in a hotel after inauguration of the office of the Jharkhand unit of Hindu Jagran Manch in Ranchi, Kumar told the media that many Muslim parties associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, have already agreed to give up the demand for a mosque at Ayodhya, which was “Ram Janmasthan (birthplace of Lord Ram)”.

He also claimed that calling Hindus communal is fraught with the risk of labeling all religions in the world as communal.

Stop Eating Beef or Get Killed, Lynchings To Continue if Muslims, Christians Don’t Stop Eating Beef, Minister Giriraj Singh Endorses Views of RSS Indresh Kumar

July 25 18: BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh endorsed the views of RSS leader Indresh Kumar on the Alwar lynching. Singh said that Kumar is a “mature” man and said whatever he did “after proper thought”, reports news agency ANI.

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Singh also endorsed Kumar’s suggestion that the only solution to stop lynchings and killing in the name of ‘gau-mata‘ is to completely stop the consumption of beef in the country.

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It is a natural impulsive reaction of a certain section of people who worship ‘gau-mata‘ and it happens on the spur of the moment when they see ‘gau-mata‘ being slaughtered for food.

“These statements are a direct endorsement of  the Government’s support and encouragement to lynchings and public incitement of violent mobs by none less than a Union Minister in the Central Government headed by Narendra Modi. If Modi cannot control his Union Ministers, how will he control an incited, murderous mob,” asked a Congress leader.

 

There has been no comment till the time of going to press, from the Prime Minister or any senior BJP minister on the statements made by their colleague.

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He also endorsed Kumar’s statements that lynchings will continue in India, unless Muslims, Christians and other sections of people completely stop eating beef and the Government cannot be held responsible for it. As long as beef is consumed and cows are slaughtered, lynchings will continue, Singh said.

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“He (RSS leader Indresh Kumar) is a mature man and must have said something after proper thought,” news agency ANI quoted Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

In an apparent reference to the incidents of mob lynching, RSS leader Indresh Kumar said if the practice of eating cow meat was stopped, many crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be curtailed.

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Twenty-nine-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched in Alwar on July 21 by a mob of cow protectors who accused him of smuggling cows.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday said crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. He also claimed that calling Hindus communal is fraught with the risk of labelling all religions in the world as communal.

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“Lynchings will stop if people don’t eat beef. The cows must be protected and cowdung should be used as cement, then both poverty and violence will end… Jesus was born in a cowshed and that is why in Christianity they talk of ‘Holy cow’. In Mecca and Medina killing cow is a crime. Can we not pledge not to kill cows. If we can pledge this our problem of mob lynching will be solved,” said Indresh at the inauguration of Jagran Hindu Manch in Ranchi.

The leader also emphasised on the importance of right “sanskaar” to deal with this problem.

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“Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskaar’ to deal with this problem,” he said.

The leader did say that violence in any form can never be welcomed.

“Any mob violence, be it of your home, locality, caste or party can never be welcomed. But, you tell me if any religious place in the world approves the killing of cow,” said Indresh.

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Last week, a dairy farmer, Rakbar Khan from Haryana’s Mewat district, was lynched by a group of seven persons in Alwar when he was transporting two cows and their calves.

On July 17, the Supreme Court condemned the recent spate of lynchings as “horrendous acts of mobocracy” and told Parliament to make lynching a separate offence.

with inputs from ANI & CNN News18