In another shocking attack by ‘self-proclaimed cow vigilantes,’ a Muslim woman was gang raped for allegedly “eating beef.” The 20-year-old and her 14-year-old cousin were attacked by a group of men who trespassed into their home in Mewat, Haryana, and murdered their uncle and aunt before sexually assaulting the female victims two weeks ago.
The police initially arrested four men for trespass and sexual assault, but after protests from the local community the men were charged with murder. Now the older victim has said the men asked the victims whether they ate beef and then attacked them.
“They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did.
“Then they said we’re hurting you before so you don’t and that if we tell anyone we’ll will be insulted.”
Senior police officers have so far reportedly said the men had no link to so-called “cow vigilante groups”. But the Muslim community has expressed fears about a rise in attacks by Hindu groups. The region of Mewat has also been under attack for alleged “biryani-policing” after it was reported that policemen have been collecting biryani samples to test them for beef.