A leading Indian actress who had posted a video of a beef dish that her friend had prepared, and was trolled on social media for the same, had to quickly clarify that the dish was actually made of buffalo meat and not cow, which is revered by Hindus in India.
Kajol, the 42-year-old actress, issued a statement on Twitter, saying she did not want to hurt religious sentiments. The actress, who has starred in some of the biggest Bollywood hits, also deleted the clip from her Instagram and Facebook accounts, a Times of India report said.
“A video of me at a friend’s lunch said that there was a beef dish at the table. That’s a miscommunication. What was shown was buffalo meat, that is legally available meat. “I’m issuing this clarification because this is a sensitive matter that may hurt religious sentiments, which is not my intention,” Kajol wrote.
Ban on beef
Beef is banned in Maharashtra state and other parts of India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra where Kajol and most other film stars live. India has witnessed several instances of violence in recent times directed against people alleged to have eaten beef or smuggled cattles.
On Monday, two Muslim men died after they were attacked by villagers who suspected them of stealing cows, the latest such attack over the animal Hindus consider sacred. It was also reported last week that the Indian government has proposed to the country’s Supreme Court for providing a unique identification number to cows across the country.