In a shocking statement, Varanasi’s Sumeru Peeth Shankaracharya Jagadguru Narendrananda Saraswati on Friday said that those who slaughter cows should be killed, news channel Aaj Tak reported. The Shankaracharya, a person with a large religious followership, ‘urged’ people to take law into their hands and behead those who kill cows. “Protecting a cow is the responsibility of the state, if the state is failing, or, is provoking such people, I would like to urge people of this country to take up this cause and kill those who slaughter cows,” Shankaracharya said. He further expressed his wish to declare cow as the national animal, and said, that killing a cow is equal to an act of treason.
In a similar controversy, Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday recommended cow to be declared a national animal. “Keeping in mind Articles 48 and 51A(g) of the Constitution and to provide legal entity for their proper protection and conservation of cow, it is expected from the government that cow is declared a national animal,” Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma said in a 145-page order. The court, while delivering the directie, said India was a predominantly agriculture-based country where animal husbandry played an important role.
In another similar incident, an RSS leader Indresh Kumar had said that beef eaters should mend their ways as they are bringing “shame to the country” by indulging in an act which is “against humanity”. “Those who are doing this (beef fests) are just a few among the population of 121 crores. They do not represent the opinion of the nation. Their act and those who support it are evils and against humanity. It is better that they should change their ways,” he said.