In India, eating beef is often equated with Hinduism.
If you thought eating beef was a personal choice, you’re wrong. India had its fair share of violence pertaining to eating beef. There was a surge of cow vigilantism in the country last year and a group of people (who are self-proclaimed gau-rakshaks) took it upon themselves to shoulder the responsibility of preventing people from consuming beef.
Although the violence has stopped on streets, there is a section of people who still harbour that mentality and school others for eating beef.
Arunima Bhattacharya shared her experience on Facebook where she had a WhatsApp conversation with a guy, who was constantly dissing her for consuming beef with remarks along the lines of “How can a Hindu like you consume beef?“
Her screenshots will spell out the entire story.
Of course, Muslims came into the picture.
7. She tried reasoning with him, but the logic failed to penetrate his judgmental head.
8. God knows how he drew this insane analogy. Comparing beef with incest is like comparing apples and oranges.
We got in touch with Arunima. When she was asked if she found out who this guy in her class was, she said, “He is someone from my class but I haven’t interacted much with him. Although, I don’t want to disclose his name.”
And when asked about what she feels about the current state of our country’s affairs, Arunima said, “Cows are more precious to Hindus than people, because even the suspicion of possession of beef can cost you your life, earn you rape threats and in my case, attach the tag of a ‘cannibal’ because ‘cow is our mother’. If I eat beef, or a Muslim eats pork, that’s a personal life choice and we don’t moral policing in such choices. India is still grappling with issues like Human Trafficking, Caste-based distinctions, poverty, Female foeticide, racism, Dowry deaths, Communal violence even though we got independence 70 years back so maybe we need to rethink our priorities.”
Arunima might have tried reasoning with him, but we don’t think this short conversation made any difference to this dude.
What do you think?