97% attacks by cow vigilantes happened in Modi’s regime

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Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised 86% of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents, according to an IndiaSpend content analysis of the English media.As many of 97%  of these attacks were reported after PM  Narendra Modi’s Govt  came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence — 32 of 63 cases –were from states governed by (BJP when the attacks were reported, revealed our analysis of violence recorded until June 25, 2017.Of the 28 Indians who died over the 7-year period, 24 were Muslim, or 86 % . As many as 124 people were also injured in these attacks. More than half (52 % ) of these attacks were based on rumours, our analysis found. National or state crime data do not distinguish general violence from cow-related attacks and lynchings; IndiaSpend database is the first such statistical perspective to a growing national debate over such violence.2017 is on track to be worst-ever year for cow-related violence. In the first six months of 2017, 20 cow-terror attacks were reported — more than 75 %  of the 2016 figure, which was the worst year for such violence since 2010.The attacks include mob lynchings by vigilantes, murder and attempt to murder, harassment, assault and gang-rape. In two attacks, the victims/survivors were chained, stripped and beaten, while in two others, the victims were hanged.These attacks — sometimes collectively referred to as gautankwad — a portmanteau of the Hindi words for cow and terrorism on social media — were reported from 19 of 29 Indian states, with UP (10), Haryana (9), Gujarat (6), Karnataka (6), Madhya Pradesh (4), Delhi (4) and Rajasthan (4) reporting the highest number of cases.No more than 21% (13 of 63) of the cases were reported from southern or eastern states (including Bengal and Odisha), but almost half (6 of 13) were from Karnataka. The only incident reported in the northeast was the murder of two men in Assam on 30 April, 2017.About half the cases of cow-related violence — 32 of 63 — were from states governed by the BJP at the time.In 50.8 %  (32) of the cases, the targets were Muslim, in 7.9 %  (5) Dalit, 4.8 %  (3) Sikh or Hindu (names appeared Sikh, but it wasn’t certain) and 1.6 %  (one) Christian; in 20.6 %  (13) cases, religion was not reported. Among 14.3% (9) cases, targets were Hindus, but their caste was not clear.iANS

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