24/07/2018 12:40 PM IST | Updated 24/07/2018 12:41 PM IST

RSS Leader Indresh Kumar Says Lynchings Will 'Automatically Stop' If Cow Slaughter Is Stopped

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Amid outrage over yet another lynching in Rajasthan's Alwar last week, a leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has told the media that lynchings in the country would stop as soon as killing of cows stopped.

The comment was made by RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday when ANI asked him about the Alwar lyncing.

He said while mob lynchings should be condemned, a complete stop on cow slaughter would bring an end to mob lynching.

Kumar was quoted by ANI saying:

(Mob violence can never be welcomed. But, no religion in the world allows cow slaughter on religious land.)

(Jesus was born in a cow shed, since they call it 'holy cow'. In Mecca, Medina cow slaughter is considered a crime. Can't we rid humanity from the act of cow slaughter? If we do so, the problem of mob lynching will also stop).

Kumar's comments are cringeworthy at a time when mob lynchings on rumours or suspicions of cow slaughter have become a regular affair in India.

The Indian Express reported that Kumar made the comments after inaugurating the office of the Jharkhand unit of Hindu Jagran Manch in Ranchi.

On Friday, a 31-year-old man, Rakbar Khan, was killed in Alwar on suspicion of cow smuggling.

Khan, along with others, was reportedly transporting two cows to their village when the incident occurred.