Mohan Bhagwat was speaking at an event to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir. Image source: Wikipedia Photograph: (Others)
Mohan Bhagwat said the work of cow protection should be continued by obeying the law
Calling cow-slaughter a "vice" that must be removed, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat called for a ban on the practice but
condemned violence by cow protection groups since it "defamed" efforts of cow-protectors.
The RSS chief said that many states where RSS functionaries -- BJP leaders with RSS background -- have been in power have enacted such a law. He expressed confidence that other governments would follow suit by dealing with local
"Our wish is that there should be a law against cow slaughter across India," he said.
The chief of the right wing BJP-affiliated organisation also asked for cow protection efforts to be increased by bringing
more people into the drive while "completely obeying the law and the Constitution".
"Nothing should be done while protecting cows that hurts the belief of some people. Nothing should be done that is violent. It only defames the efforts of cow protectors... The work of cow conservation should be carried out while completely obeying the law and the Constitution," Mohan Bhagwat said at an event to observe the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir.
His remarks come against the backdrop of the lynching of a Muslim man by cow vigilantes in the BJP-ruled northern state of Rajasthan. The incident, which took place in Alwar, sparked protests from opposition parties and put the saffron party on the defensive.
Cow slaughter is not banned in several northeastern states, including some where the BJP is in power. Beef is also consumed widely in states like Kerala and West Bengal where the party is working to emerge as a strong political force.
The RSS chief suggested that the enactment of such a law everywhere will take time due to the complexities of politics.
If there is a law, it will be for promoting non-violence not violence, he said.
"There cannot be a law that says you do violence. It is impossible," he added.
"I am confident that wherever RSS workers are in power, they will deal with local complexities and work in that direction," he said.
Cow protection should be promoted in such a way that it wins over more and more people to the cause and brings praise
for those doing it, Bhagwat said.
Non-violent efforts will only help change the law accordingly, he said.
Whether there is a law or not if the society's behaviour changes, cow slaughter will stop, he said.
The RSS chief said that being a veterinary doctor, he was aware of an indigenous cow's utility, including the usefulness of its urine and dung. He claimed that even scientific bodies have come to accept this.
Underlining that non-violence was an essential part to Lord Mahavir's teachings, Mohan Bhagwat said these can unite a society that has people of different faiths and behaviour.
(WION with inputs from PTI)