Indian Muslim:A cow protector?
It was Tuesday – a day considered holy by many Hindus – and we approached a popular temple in blistering heat.
We headed towards a huge cow shelter in the basement of the temple.
Dildar Hussain Beg told me he visited the temple every Tuesday after offering prayers in the nearby mosque to look after more than two dozen cows.
“I have been coming here for more than 10 years and these cows are my family. I also visit several other cow shelters regularly,” he said.
“Cow protectors” in India have been in the news for a series of assaults on people transporting cows. Many of the attacks have been against Muslims, while the cow protection squads are overwhelmingly Hindu.
The cow is considered sacred by Hindus and killing the animal is illegal in several states. But beef is eaten in other communities, including by Muslims, in India.