At a farm in Mewat located in Haryana state in northern India, a 20-year-old woman has alleged that four men attacked her and her 14-year-old cousin and gang raped them in their own home. The men also were alleged to have restrained the woman’s aunt and uncle and beaten them to death.
The attack was unprovoked and the public was unsure of why the men did these vile things, until two weeks after the horrific incident, the reasoning came to light.
The men supposedly attacked the women after accusing them of eating beef, which is forbidden in Hinduism. The cow is revered as a sacred being and it is illegal to kill them in much of India.
Recalling the event the woman stated: “They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did.”
The men had already assumed that the women were guilty of the crime — perhaps because they were Muslims, for whom beef is not prohibited — and dealt out a punishment that they deemed was necessary for the forbidden act, according to the U.K. Express.
“They said ‘we’re hurting so you don’t’ and that if we tell anyone we will be insulted,” the woman explained.
While police who investigated the crimes commented that neither the woman nor her family had mentioned those allegations earlier, cow vigilante groups are becoming more commonplace across India and aim to punish those who partake of the forbidden food.
Police arrested four men in their 30s in Haryana, a Muslim-dominated region, and charged them initially with rape and trespassing. Later, murder charges were added after locals protested.
A cousin of the rape victims alleged that the main motive seemed to be rape: “The four arrested men are known troublemakers in the village and had been seen drinking the morning of the attack.”
This is a case of religion gone wrong, giving those who follow it free range to attack unsuspecting victims. This is why not all cultures are created equally — a culture that allows for this kind of brutality is not the same as a culture that punishes those who commit crimes with due process.
It’s horrifying that it even has to be said, but religion is obviously not a license to rape under any circumstances.
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