Muslims Raped, Killed ‘for Eating Beef’

A Muslim family in India said they were attacked after being were accused of eating beef, according to BBC Urdu news service. A 20-year-old Indian woman said she and her cousin, 14, were gang-raped and that two other family members were beaten to death over the accusations two weeks ago, though the news has only now emerged. The 20-year-old said she hadn’t even consumed beef. Cows are considered sacred by Hindus, and the animal cannot be slaughtered in several areas of the country, including in the family’s native Haryana state. “They [the accused men] said that we ate cow meat and that is why we were being disgraced [raped],” said the woman. “They even threatened to kill me and my family if we ever told anybody what happened to us.”