In India, Religious Vigilantes Are Attacking Muslim Ranches
Their message: Don’t have a cow. The rise of nationalist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emboldened right-wing Hindu militias that reportedly steal cattle from Muslim farms — sometimes beating and killing the farmers in the process — and take the sacred animals to Hindu-run cow shelters. Although Modi has denounced the militias, cow shelters report that their intake is up 50 percent since his election. The practice accelerates the economic marginalization of the country’s Muslim minority, which dominates India’s meat industry.