Although Kerala is one of the few Indian states where cow slaughter is not banned, a group of Youth Congress leaders slaughtered a cow in public and distributed the cooked meat, in Kannur. Animal lovers said “such brazen acts” glorify cruelty towards animals and demanded action against the Congress activists. BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan tweeted the video of the slaughter, saying it was the “peak of cruelty”.
Congress-Left competing for ‘beef eaters’ votes
Youth Congress activists defended their move, saying it was a natural form of protest. “The Centre is denying food to the people, it is the biggest cruelty,” Youth Congress leader Rejil Makutty said. Cows are considered holy by most of the Hindus, and have gained in importance since Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to power in 2014 with several BJP-ruled states enacting strict laws to punish cow slaughter. Afraid of loosing their support base to BJP in the state, CPI(M) member of Parliament MB Rajesh said that, “It is a thoughtless act and it is sad that Youth Congress activists stooped so low for publicity”.
Cruelty at its peak.Cattle slaughtering by Kerala Youth Congress leader in broad daylight,in front of public gathering. pic.twitter.com/4gBWUVDa1l
— KummanamRajasekharan (@Kummanam) May 27, 2017