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Vacas sagradas y política non sancta en la India

NUEVA DELHI – Estas últimas semanas, leer noticias en la India se volvió una experiencia muy desagradable. Sorprendentemente, el protagonista central de muchas es un animal de lo más pacífico e inocente: la vaca.

En un pueblo a una hora de Nueva Delhi, una turba asesinó a golpes a un musulmán al que rumores acusaban de haber matado y comido una vaca, animal sagrado para los hindúes. Otro hombre murió tras un ataque por parte de aldeanos que lo creían implicado en contrabando de ganado. Y un camionero fue asesinado en Udhampur (estado de Jammu y Cachemira), por rumores que lo implicaban en matanzas de vacas. Tres muertes en solo tres semanas.

También hay funcionarios públicos implicados. Cuando hace poco el jefe de ministros de Karnataka (perteneciente al partido opositor Congreso Nacional Indio) declaró que si quería comer carne de vaca nadie podía impedírselo, un político del gobernante Partido Popular Indio (Bharatiya Janata Party) amenazó con cortarle la cabeza si lo hacía.

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