The Catholic Church in India criticised growing intolerance and mob violence targeting religious minorities over cow protection.
‘The vast majority of the people of India of all communities (have) been shocked at the lynching in various states on the pretext of protecting cows,’ said a statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India after a meeting in New Delhi on 16th July. About 40 religious leaders – Christians along with Baha’i, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh – attended the meeting.
The statement asked the government ‘to end (the) impunity…at the root of the atmosphere of fear that stalks the land today.’
Some Hindus worship the cow as a goddess and oppose slaughter of cows, with some states even running care centres for cows.
The bishops’ statement said lynchings over cows threatened ‘the constitution and the democratic fabric of the country.’
Picture: Stray cows sit in the middle of the road in Bangalore, India. The Catholic Church in India criticised growing intolerance and mob violence targeting religious minorities over cow protection on 16th July. (CNS photo/Jagadeesh Nv, EPA).