18, Oct 2015
New Delhi, October 18, 2015
The RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya, in its cover story, has said that the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri over rumours of storing and consumption of beef could not have been “without reason” and even the “vedas mandate killing of those who slaughter cows”.
An article in RSS organ said, “The Vedas order killing of anyone who slaughters the cow. Cow slaughter is a big issue for the Hindu community. For many of us it’s a question of life and death.”
Questions writers’ protest
The article also questioned the writers who were returning their awards as a protest against the lynching incident.
“You [the writers] did not see the cow slaughter by Iqlakh. You didn’t see the fact that none of the media reports on Dadri mentioned any personal enmity of anyone with Iqlakh. Dadri village has never even seen any communal tension. One could have believed Iqlakh’s [Akhlaq] death to be without reason but then we have the Newton’s law of every action inviting an equal and opposite reaction.”
The article further asks the writers why they “fail to question the social mindset which encouraged Mohammad Iqlakh [Akhlaq] to commit a crime”.