Udupi: Staging protest over the killing of a person from the Muslim community over rumours of possession of beef at his house in Uttar Pradesh, the Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike (KKSV) along with Dalit associations demanded stern action against fringe elements. The protest was held in front of the Clock Tower here, on October 9.
Convener of Dalit Sangarsha Samithi Jayan Malpe said that the Sangh Parivar had earlier in the name of Ram Mandir destroyed communal harmony while these days they are spreading communal hatred in the name of cow. “The holy scriptures have mention of cow slaughters. The BJP along with the Sangh Parivar is busy politicising cow slaughter for vote bank. BJP leaders respect S L Bhyrappa who has also mentioned cow slaughter in his literary works. Dalits consume beef and it is their main food item. The Sangh Parivar targets Muslim community on beef consumption while they have to also understand that they are interfering in the food consumption habits of the Dalits. In the coming days, Dalits will consume beef in public as a mark of protest against forcing the Sangh Parivar ideology on them,” he added.
Akbar Ali, representing the Muslim community, said that the Muslims also ruled India for 800 years. “They did not succeed in turning it into a Muslim country and if Hindus continue to rule India for another 100 years, they will also not succeed in turning India into a Hindu country. India has nurtured people of all religions from ages. The Sangh Parivar is busy bluffing on Love Jihad. Love is an English term, while Jihad in Arabic means beautiful. The Narendra Modi government is ready to rule by killing innocents in the name of religion.”
Fr William Martis said that the incident in UP highlights that the cow is superior to human beings in our country. “It is a matter of dilemma that we are fighting in the name of religion in a secular country. PM Narendra Modi broke his silence on Dadri lynching after the alarming message from President Pranab Mukerjee. Modi cries in United Nations but he did not even shed a drop of tear repenting on the Gujarat communal clashes,” he added.
Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike district president G Rajshekar, Idrees Hoode, Prof Cyril Mathais, Hussain Kodibengre, Dinakar Bengre and others were present.