Varanasi/ New Delhi, Oct 3: It looks the Dadri lynching incident has become a status update for people who want to make controversial comment on eating beef. Joining the latest is the ex-justice of Supreme Court and former Press council of India chairman Markandey Katju. Katju had said earlier on Saturday that he eats beef and do not considers cow as his mother as it is an animal like horse and dog. The reactions comes after the politics on the Dadri lynching incident took place and politicians visiting Mohd Iqlakh’s family at his village near the national capital. (Also Read: Sadhvi Prachi: What happened in Dadri was right, why did Iqlakh eat beef!)
The former judge was commenting on the recent lynching incident soon after he landed at LBS International Airport in Varanasi on Saturday morning. With his statement went viral, a group of students protested against him at the IIT-Banaras Hindu University, where he was supposed to attend an event. Burning of effigy was another thing that came as a protest against Katju’s infamous comment.
Katju had said that the lynching incident should be condemned and all the accused persons involved in the crime should be given vigorous punishment. Speaking to the media he said, “I eat beef and continue to do so. If you don’t have to eat I am not forcing you for it. Entire world, people in America, Europe, Africa, Arab, China and Australia eat beef, then are they all bad people. People in Nagaland and Mizoram consume beef, how can you force them not to eat. Cow is an animal and I don’t consider it as mother.” (Also Read: Dadri lynching case: Akhilesh Yadav announces Rs 20 lakh for Iqlakh’s family, Centre waits for report)
Though it might sound a bit different to some ears, but he is not alone in critisising the lynching and admitted that he eats beef. Another renowned writer, again infamous for her controversial comments, Shobha De had said on Friday that she eats beef too and and challenged the goons to kill her. She was reacting to the recent incident of Dadri. A special probe in to the incident has been ordered by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the state government had announced Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia to the family. (Also Read: Indian Air Force will ensure security of Mohammed Iqlakh’s family in Dadri, says IAF Chief Arup Raha)
Also, since Tuesday, political visits to the village have increased. Latest addition was Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who interacted with the family on Saturday evening. However, Iqlakh’s son Sartaj, who works as a technician in the Indian Air Force had requested the state government that they don’t want to meet any of the political visit, but what they want is a fair probe. As per to the reports, 10 people have been arrested. Mohammed Iqlakh, 55, who was beaten down to death, while his 22-year-old son Danish son was critically injured by a mob on which barged into their house following rumours that the family had consumed beef, on Monday night.