India, Christian leaders: Concern over attacks on cattle transporters
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) warns the phenomenon is spreading in Karnataka. The Hindu radicals are asking the government (close to them) to impose a ban on the slaughter of cattle throughout the country.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "The increasing attacks against transporters of cattle in Karnataka by Hindu radicals is a problem that must be stopped as soon as possible",  Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) denounces to AsiaNews, after the last episode on 2 October in Bantwal.

A group of Sangh Parivar activists followed and chased a truck carrying cows off the road, and  attacked the men who were on board. The victims, Basheer and Siddiq, are hospitalized in critical condition in a private hospital in Mangalore.

Hindu radicals are pressuring the Indian government - led by their political wing the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) - to prohibit the slaughter and sale of cattle across the nation. In Hinduism, the cow is considered sacred and it is forbidden to kill it and eat it. However, being a secular country under the Constitution, in some Indian states cow meet is permitted.

Despite this, for the moment, the National Democratic Alliance - a coalition to guide the central government, led by the BJP - seem opposed to such a ban. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the executive would prefer "effective protection for cows, instead of imposing a ban on their slaughter".

These would include Karnataka. "There are no restrictions on the transport of cattle - said Sajan George - but the authorities seem to be blind and not see the many physical attacks against these cattle transporters. Most of these attacks are perpetrated by a 'moral police' who intervene even before the real police. "