By Akhtar Ali
For Hindus, the cow is a holy animal. Devotees believe that Lord Krishna first appeared as a gentle cowherd, and that the animal is sacred to him.
In Mathura, a site in Uttar Pradesh that is regarded as Krishna's birthplace, temples maintain thousands of free-roaming cows, and visiting pilgrims pay obeisance to them.
Recently, however, there have been reports of Mathura cows being stolen, slaughtered and sold for meat and leather.
In a bid to maintain harmonious relations, local Muslims have now stepped in to help. At a special meeting at the Islamia Inter College campus on June 9th, with Hindu religious and community representatives in attendance, more than 500 Muslims vowed to help end cow rustling and slaughtering.
"All Muslims who took part in the convention pledged that they would protect the cows the way the Hindus want, and that no slaughtering of cows would be allowed in the region," convener Abdul Jabbar told Khabar South Asia. "Almost all Muslims in Mathura are not in the habit of eating cow meat."
Jabbar said outside gangs are responsible for stealing the cows and trucking them for slaughter in other states, thereby threatening communal peace in the region. "Our convention aimed to convey a strong signal that we are against the slaughtering of the cows and we care for Hindu religious sentiment," he said. More....