OK--Taking "Visit India" Off the Bucket List


OK--Taking "Visit India" Off the Bucket List
According to reports in the Washington Post, while Mohammad Akhlaq slept in his home in India, a mob came in the night, smashed in his door and dragged him from bed, then beat him to death with bricks until the blocks crumbled in their hands. All this because there had been a rumor that Akhlaq was keeping and eating cow meat. About 80% of Indians are Hindu and refuse to eat beef for religious reasons, but many of the country's 140 million Muslims do eat beef -- or at least they did until laws passed or tightened under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, banned the practice. Yet when a rumor spread that Akhlaq killed a calf, 100 men in Bisara village reportedly took matters into their own hands. Akhlaq's daughter, Sajida, said, "They broke down our doors and started beating my father and brother. My father was taken outside the house and beaten to death. My brother was dragged to the courtyard downstairs and they used bricks to hit him on the head and chest." The 22-year-old is now in critical condition. "They also tried to molest me and hit my grandmother and threatened to kill me if I said a word to the police." Sajida adds there was only mutton in the fridge. (Washington Post)

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