In another shocking incident of cow vigilantism, a 70-year-old farmer from the Bundelkhand region died, reportedly after he was made to stand on one leg for the death of a calf.
According to a report in The Telegraph, the panchayat in Bada Malhera village of Chhattarpur district asked Har Singh Lodhi to atone for his sins after a calf was found dead on his farm and a bottle of rat poison was found near it.
While the cause of his death was not certain, his son Dariyab told the newspaper that Lodhi had to go through purification rituals like taking a dip in the Sangam, shave his head and even pay a fine of Rs 500 for the calf's death.
"My father was himself keen to undertake the punishment as he had been feeling low since the calf died. After three hours of suffering and constantly changing legs, he fainted. He was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival," Dariyab told The Telegraph.
The report suggests a case has been registered under Section 174 of the CrPC (death under circumstances raising a reasonable suspicion).
Cow vigilantism by self-appointed 'gau rakshaks' has been on the rise in recent months. One of the most talked about incidents this year was when on July 11 four Dalit youths were beaten up for allegedly skinning a dead cow. Protest broke out across Gujarat after this incident.
In another gruesome incident in 2015, Mohammad Akhlaq died after being lynched by a mob on suspicion that he and his family had consumed beef.
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