SC’s observation; Cow vigilantes need to be brought to justice, victims must be compensated

The apex court on Friday observed that those who indulge in violence in the name of ‘cow vigilantism’ need to be brought to justice. Hearing the matter of murdered dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, the apex court also said victims in such cases need to be compensated. All states are under an obligation to compensate victims of cow vigilantism violence cases, the court said. Pehlu Khan was lynched by alleged cow vigilantes in April this year, when he was transporting cattle with his sons from Nuh in Haryana to Jaipur in Rajasthan. A few days back, the Rajasthan police gave a clean chit to six accused who were named and identified by Khan before he died. The Supreme Court had earlier this month asked states to take steps to curb cow vigilantism and submit a compliance report.Today, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh filed their compliance reports. In consequence, the apex court reminded all the remaining states to file the status report and fixed October 31 as the next date of hearing.

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