Thursday, 31 October 2013

Muslims fight for cow protection in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: Muslims have taken the onus of cow protection in Gujarat.
Following riots on Eid-ul-Adha over cow slaughter at Sansrod village in
Vadodara district, local Muslims have formed a cow protection group.

"We are going to convince butchers that they should give up slaughtering
cows. We are opposing cow
as it is against the law," said Haji Dilawar Yakub, president of the newly
formed Gujarat Muslim Gau Hifazat Samiti in Bharuch.

He said that the decision to form such a committee was taken by
organizations after the alleged police torture of Sansrod villagers. These
organizations have planned a demonstration in Vadodara on Wednesday in this

The committee in Bharuch has 15 members and 150 volunteers who have begun
sensitizing Muslims on how cow slaughter has resulted in exploitation of
butchers and traders by animal protection activists in connivance with the

"Muslims in four villages, including Vahalu and Hingala, have given an
undertaking that they will not indulge in cow slaughter," Dilawar said, and
added they plan to start propagating this idea across Gujarat.

Organizations like Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Gujarat, Bharat Bachao Andolan,
and Gujarat Muslim Development Council have supported the cause.

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