Muslim women thrashed for carrying beef in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh get bail

A lab test proved the two women were carrying buffalo meat and were charged under Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Cattle Preservation Act, 1959, with maximum punishment of one year. (Representative image) Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India Jul 28, 2016, 05.22 AM (IST)
A local court in India's Madhya Pradesh state granted bail to two Muslim women who were allegedly being beaten up by anti-beef vigilantes yesterday and charged with carrying buffalo meat under the stringent Madhya Pradesh anti-cow slaughter act which provides for a maximum punishment of seven years.

After the lab test proved that they were carrying buffalo meat, they were charged under Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Cattle Preservation Act, 1959, which provides a maximum punishment of one year.

Chief judicial magistrate MA Khan granted bail to Salma Mevati (35) and Shamim Akthar Hussain (30), both local residents, who were allegedly thrashed by cow vigilantes on the suspicion that they were carrying cow meat at the Mandsaur railway station on July 26.

The bail was granted on personal bonds of 25,000 Indian Rupees (INR) each and surety of equal amount, said Umesh Parmar, one of their lawyers.

Parmar and another advocate Nirmal Joshi contended in the court that their clients have been falsely implicated.

The incident came close on the heels of the attack on dalit (socially discriminated) youths in the western state of Gujarat by cow vigilantes for skinning a dead cow, drawing outrage and triggering a slugfest between the ruling party and its rivals.

Opposition Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress party created uproar in the upper house of Indian Parliament over the present incident.