After nun rape, India cardinal says protect humans, not just cows
Indian best pokemon fan games for pc Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal walks out of the Convent of Jesus and Mary school after meeting with the school staff in Ranaghat Thomson Reuters NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India's Catholic bishops, speaking out after a nun was raped in the east of the country last week, has said the country should be as concerned about the welfare of its people as it is about its cows. The comments appeared directed against hardline Hindu nationalists who have stirred up animosity against India's Christian and Muslim minorities, while successfully lobbying for tougher laws against killing cows.
Cows are considered sacred by many Indians, but beef is eaten by some poor and lower-caste Hindus as well as by Christians and Muslims. Campaigns to protect cattle are often used to vilify religious minorities. "The country has a responsibility towards all of us - every human being - and not just cows," Cardinal Baselios Cleemis told journalists. The comments, reported in newspapers on Wednesday, were confirmed by his office. The western state of Maharashtra banned the selling of beef in February and the northern state of Haryana has since imposed stringent penalties for cow slaughter.