Govt to Supreme Court: Against all cow vigilantism, but up to state govts to act against it

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 21, 2017, 02.44 AM (IST)

The government told the Supreme Court on Friday that it was against all forms of cow vigilantism, but that it was up to state governments to act against it.  

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition seeking a ban on gau raksha groups across the country. 

The petitioner had alleged that cow vigilante groups have unleashed a reign of terror on minority and Dalit communities, ANI reported, and that the Centre has proven ineffective at reining them in. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now condemned attacks by gau raksha groups twice. 

In June this year he said, "Killing people in the name of cow is unacceptable. No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem." 

But the attacks have continued. 

The Supreme Court has earlier sought responses from the Centre and other states on the issue of cow vigilantism.