97% Cow-Related Lynchings Since Independence Happened Under Modi Regime: Tharoor. He’s Wrong



Shashi Tharoor


Mumbai: Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor claimed that 97% of all cow-related lynchings since Independence, that is 70 years, according to Rajnath Singh’s ministry of home affairs, took place on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s watch.



Tharoor’s claim is wrong on both counts: The government says it does not maintain any such data.


About 98% (119 of 122) cow-related hate crimes took place after 2014 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge at the Centre. As many as 58% of the attacks (71 cases) were in BJP-administered states, according to a FactChecker.in database that records such violence. Tharoor is likely quoting these data.


Two cases of cow-related hate violence took place in Bihar and Rajasthan at the end of 2018, bringing the count of such crimes reported since 2010 to 122. In nine years since 2010, 46 Indians have been killed and at least 246 injured in these attacks.


Since 2010, Uttar Pradesh saw the most cow-related hate crimes (19), followed by neighbouring Haryana (14). Gujarat, Jharkhand and Karnataka followed with 11 cases each.



The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) does not maintain specific data with respect to lynching incidents in the country, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, minister of state for home affairs, told the Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) on December 11, 2018.


Tharoor had queried the government on the deliberations of the high level committee (HLC) chaired by the home secretary on mob lynching and whether it had made recommendations to the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the home minister to curb mob lynching.’


“The GoM has met and is seized of the matter,” Ahir replied in the Lok Sabha on January 1, 2019, without giving any further details.


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