Vigilantes In India: Protecting Sacred Cows, Promoting A Hindu Way Of Life

A buffalo market in central Rajasthan, India. Drivers ferrying these animals to slaughterhouses have been intercepted and accused of transporting cows, an animal many Hindus consider sacred. A new report from Human Rights Watch says that this devotion to protecting the cow has contributed to recent vigilante violence.

Incidents of violence against non-Hindus are rising after Hindu nationalists swept recent elections in India. But critics say Hindu nationalism can’t succeed in a country that is 15 percent Muslim.

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