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Indian Muslim observes fast for cow protection

‘State government should bear 50 per cent cost of each Gaushala (cow shelter) and it must buy back fertiliser made of cow urine and cow dung from the farmers. These measures, would be far more effective than just saying cow is sacred

New Delhi: According to an estimate, approximately 90 lynching incidents have taken place in the name of ‘Cow Protection’ since BJP government came to power.

Quite often there have been severe beatings for even transporting cattle. The cause of the cow is seen as dividing communities, especially Hindus and Muslims.

‘And Jabbar Jat, 27, a Muslim from Kudbay village of Nakhtrana taluka in Kutch, in a great reversal of roles, is at the forefront of a movement to protect cows,’as reported by the Times of India.

Jabbar is a cattle-breeder and owns 16 cows and nine buffaloes. And he loves them. So much so, last week he wrote a letter to the district collector, suggesting each district in Kutch should allocate grazing land for cattle.

To give strength to his demands Jabbar would be going on a fast for 48 hours, starting from July 20 at the Kutch district collectorate.

“It is not enough that the government make noises about cattle protection. To become proactive in this matter, the administration should begin allotting two buffaloes to each farmer” said Jabbar.

“The state government should bear 50 per cent cost of each gaushala (cow shelter) and it must buy back fertiliser made of cow urine and cow dung from the farmers. These measures, would be far more effective than just saying cow is sacred,” added Jabbar

“In the last two to three years, cow has become a tool to spread hatred, which is hitting the business. Besides, no gau rakshak (cow vigilante) himself rears a cow and merely indulges in hooliganism in the name of cow protection. So, I decided to take up the cause. I would like to tell Gau Rakshaks that let us sit together for the cause of the cow because killing in the name of cow will lead us to a barbaric society, which will never serve the true purpose,” he was quoted as saying.

The local cow protectors are in support of Jabbar’s views. Jabbar has invited people from all communities to join him for the fast.

“The state government will make efforts to increase economic viability of cows so that people will not let their bovines loose in the city. Once they start earning more from cow dung and cow urine, they will keep their cows at home instead of letting them stray on the roads,” said Chairman of Gujarat State Cow Welfare Board Vallabh Kathiria.