RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called for a countrywide ban on cow slaughter, but asked gau rakshaks to avoid violence on Sunday. “There should not be any violence during gau raksha,” he said.
“Gau hatya bandi sarkar ke adhin hai. Hamari ichha hai ki sampurna Bharat men gauvansh ki hatya bandh ho. Is kanoon ko prabhavi banana sarkaar ki zimmedari hai. (The decision to impose a ban on cow slaughter rests with the government. We want cow slaughter to be banned in the entire country. It is the duty of the government to make this law effective),” said Bhagwat at an event to observe the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir.
However, the RSS chief also admitted that India’s diversity makes it tough to implement a uniform law across the nation. “Due to political complexities, it would take time to implement the law in the entire country,” he said. “The states that have dedicated swayamsevaks (in power) have made laws in this regard”, he said adding that they would “resolve local complexities” and work towards protecting cows.
Bhagwat also made it clear that, “There should not be any violence during gau raksha. Gau rakshaks must ensure that they do not hurt the feelings of people while protecting the cow. Or else, the methods of gau raksha will be questioned.” “The work of cow conservation should be carried out while obeying the laws and the Constitution,” he added.