Sectarian violence

Video captures 2 women thrashed and abused by “cow vigilantes” in India

Hindu "cow vigilantes" have been caught on camera, beating and abusing two women thought to be smuggling beef. (YouTube/NDTV)

The moment two Muslim women were apprehended and beaten by violent “cow vigilantes,” acting on a rumor the pair were traveling with a large quantity of beef to sell, has been caught on camera.

A cell phone video shot by a bystander appears to show police half-heartedly intervening as the two women are set upon and verbally abused by members of an allegedly radical Hindu group, some of whom are screaming “Gau Mata Ki Jai!” (“Hail holy cow!”).

The police were at the railway station at Mandsaur, about 217 miles from Bhopal, waiting to arrest the women on a tip off. After examination, the 66lbs of meat the women were carrying was pronounced buffalo meat, and they were charged because they did not have a permit to sell it. No action was taken, however, against the vigilantes, who have since “gone underground,” according to an NDTV on-air report.

Read the full story at NDTV.

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