The video above shows two women slapped, kicked and abused by a mob for allegedly eating beef at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh, India.
The mobile phone was taken by one of the spectators, who, along with the policemen present there, did nothing to stop the attack.
The police were at the railway station to arrest the two Muslim women after being allegedly “tipped off about the women traveling with a large quantity of beef to sell.”
But the mob at the station took matters in to their own hands as the police made half hearted attempts to thwart their abuse.
The crowd can be heard screaming "Gau Mata Ki Jai (hail the mother cow).”
The women were thrashed for nearly half an hour before the police led them away.
According to the police sources, 30 kg of meat has been recovered from the women. After inspection, however, the meat turned out to be buffalo meat and not beef.
The women were charged for trying to sell the meat without a permit. However, no action was taken against the mob.
Slaughtering cows and eating beef is a huge issue in India. For Hindus, the cow is a sacred animal. Hurting, slaughtering and eating its meat is deeply sacrilegious. For Muslims, there is no such restriction — in fact, they are rather fond of consuming beef. The difference has always created rifts between the two religious groups.
In September 2015, a 51-year-old Indian Muslim, Mohammad Akhlaq, was lynched after being accused of storing and eating beef. A forensic test revealed that the meat was actually mutton.
In another incident, yet another mob killed a Muslim man for purportedly smuggling cattle for slaughter in Himachal Pradesh.
In March 2015, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee approved the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Bill, which strictly bans the slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks along with the sale, consumption or even possession of beef in the state of Maharashtra.
Recently the rift has often evolved in clashes where Hindu nationalists in India have even attacked the beef industry, seizing trucks with cattle and blockading meat processing plants.