‘Gau rakshaks’ attack nomad family in Reasi

Nine-year old among five of family injured
Srinagar: Five members of a nomad family including a 9-year-old girl have been injured in an attack by cow vigilantes in Reasi district Friday evening.
The 9-year-old girl, Sammi, has suffered multiple fractures and has been shifted to a hospital.
The incident took place when the family was moving with their livestock in Talwara area. They were intercepted by a large group of “gau rakshaks” and beaten up with iron rods and their entire flock including goats, sheep and cows was taken away by the attackers.
“They beat us ruthlessly. Somehow we managed to flee from there. One of our children, a 10-year-old, is still missing. We don’t know whether he is alive or dead. They even beat our elders very badly. They wanted to kill us and throw our bodies into the river,” said Naseem Begam, one of the victims told New Delhi based NDTV.
“They didn’t even spare dogs. They too were taken away,” she said.
Besides goat, sheep, the family was moving with 16 cows.
The attack on the family comes at a time of heightened cow vigilantism in India.
In 2015, a Muslim man Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched over rumors of having a pound of beef in his home in Dadri, (UP) and earlier this year, another Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, was killed and his associates seriously wounded while they were transporting cows in Alwar Rajasthan.
Jammu and Kashmir has a large number of nomadic herder families, who travel between the Jammu’s Himalayan mountains and the meadows of Kashmir every year with their flocks of cattle, horses, goats and sheep.