The All India Muslim Ghosi Association, a body of Lucknow-based ghosis (milkmen), has not only demanded a total ban on cow slaughter but also announced the formation of a ‘Gau Seva Dal’ for the protection and upkeep of cows and buffaloes.
Dairy owner Daulat Ali ‘Ghosi’, who heads the AIMGA, said there should be a complete ban on the slaughtering of bovines as they provide bread and butter to ghosis. Calling cows a “least complicated” and “low-maintenance” animal, he said, “If cows are slaughtered, where would milk come from?”
“Owing to large-scale slaughtering, there is a gradual decline in the bovine population. As a result, the purchasing cost of cattle has gone up by almost 15% in the last couple of years,” said Ali. He added that this would reflect in a sudden increase in the prices of milk and other dairy products in the future.
Announcing the formation of Gau Seva Dal in all the districts of Uttar Pradesh, Ali said the body would also keep a close watch on cattle that tends to go astray and accidentally falls into pits or wells.
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“After a cow fell into a well in Aishbagh area of Lucknow, we have decided to form mobile teams which would keep a watch on cattle and immediately rescue them if the need arises,” Ali added.
The association is also planning to tag cattle in general and cows in particular after the Dadri lynching incident, so that there is no room for miscommunication.
“The members of the AIMGA have also urged the state government to help them get collective insurance of all cows in the state,” Ali said.
The association had already sent a letter in this regard to the state government earlier and hoped that a positive action would be taken, he added.
On Oct 29, Mohammed Akhlaq, a 50-year-old Muslim man, was lynched by a mob in Bisara village in Dadri after a rumour spread that he had stored beef in his house. His 22-year-old son Danish was severely injured in the attack and is now being treated in a hospital.