In this Tuesday, July 24, 2018 photo, Asmina Bano, wife of Rakbar Khan, is comforted by family members and neighbors as she lies on a cot outside her home in Kolgaon village, India. Khan, a cattle trader, died after being thrashed by a mob last week on suspicion of cattle smuggling. A series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade have occurred since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept elections in 2014. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and slaughtering them or eating beef is illegal or restricted across much of the country. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Outrage grows over attacks on Muslim cattle traders in India

July 26, 2018 - 4:35 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Outrage is growing in India over a series of mob attacks on minority groups involved in cattle trade.

In the latest case, a mob of Hindu villagers thrashed a Muslim cattle trader last week in western India. When police rushed to the scene, they first took his two cows to an animal shed and kept him for about three hours in the police station. When they finally took him to the nearest hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Police have arrested three suspects and suspended one officer.

Such attacks have been on the rise since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party swept elections in 2014. The opposition raised the issue repeatedly in Parliament this week, criticizing the government for its inability to protect minorities.

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