A 20 year old Muslim woman in north India was gang raped after her attackers accused her of eating beef.
The woman from Haryana state’s Mewat district said four men raped her and a 14-year-old cousin two weeks ago even though they denied they had eaten beef.
The accused also beat her uncle and aunt to death and injured four family members.
“They asked if we eat beef. We said we don’t, but they insisted we did,” the woman told NDTV.
India’s Hindu majority regard cows as holy, and their slaughter is banned in several regions.
In recent months, right-wing Hindu fringe groups have led campaigns and vigilante actions targeting Muslims and low-caste Dalits over alleged cattle slaughter and beef consumption.
Sexual violence has been a focus of much public attention since the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012.