The Supreme Court asked the states to appoint a senior police officer who will be responsible for preventing violence in the name of cow protection in every district. The order will have to be complied with by 13 October. States have also been to compensate victims of violence in the name of cow protection.
Earlier this month, SC had said the nodal officers would have to make sure that vigilantes do not become a law unto themselves. The court also proposes measures to stop “growing violence” by so-called cow protection groups.
It had provided states a week time to adhere to the order. The court had also told states to list out steps they would take to intensify security on highways. Some fatal cases were reported on highways and cow vigilantes have stopped vehicles carrying cattle and attacked people.
The cow protectors have targeted cattle and meat traders, transporters and even farmers. Some accuse the vigilantes of using cows as an excuse to target Muslims and Dalits.