An Indian man was lynched to death after it was rumored that he had eaten beef. Mohammad Akhlaq was dragged from his house on the outskirts of the capital of New Delhi and attacked by about 100 people on Monday night. Akhlaq’s 22-year-old son, Danish, was seriously injured in the attack and is in intensive care at a nearby hospital, according to Newsmax on Wednesday.
Six people were arrested after Akhlaq died over rumors he had eaten beef, which is a taboo in the Hindu-majority nation. The rumors that the family had eaten beef began when a calf was reported missing. The rumor about the Akhlaq family consuming beef started at the temple. However, Akhlaq’s 18-year-old daughter Sajida insisted the family did not kill a cow or eat beef. What they had in their refrigerator was mutton, not beef. The meat was confiscated by the police and sent for testing to determine what type of meat it was.
The BBC reported that the 50-year-old man had been storing and consuming beef at home. Mohammad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men. Authorities are investigating who spread the rumor. Eleven states and two union territories in India ban the slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks. Beef is forbidden to be eaten.
Slaughter of cows is a sensitive issue in India as the animal is considered sacred by Hindus, who make up 80 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. Akhlaq was a farm worker who lived with his family and never had any problems with his neighbors before.