Four men have been charged after a 20-year-old Muslim woman and her 14-year-old cousin were allegedly raped, and two older relatives murdered, after being accused of eating cow meat. The events took place in India’s Haryana province last month.
The suspects, all in their 30s, allegedly went to the victims’ home on August 24, assaulted the young woman and girl, and tied up a man and another woman before beating them to death.
The 20-year-old woman told the BBC, “[The men] said that we ate cow meat and that is why we were being disgraced. They even threatened to kill me and my family if we ever told anybody what happened to us.”
The alleged attacks are the latest reported cases of “cow vigilantism” amid increasing Hindu extremism, that seen a push for stricter laws and punishments against those who raise, sell, or eat beef. Many Hindus consider cows sacred and the slaughter of the animal is banned in several states, including Haryana.
In July, a video showing a group of cow vigilantes in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh beating up two Muslim women made headlines around the world.
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