Scholar beaten in India for being part of beef festival

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A group of students at students battered a PhD scholar in India allegedly for being part of a beef festival on campus. A report in the Hindustan Times has revealed that R Sooraj belonging to IIT-Madras was beaten up for being part of the festival held on campus.

An assembly of 70 to 80 students held the beef festival in order to protest a recent ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter made by the central government in India, the report said.

The report quoted the organizer of the festival as saying that 6-7 students surrounded R Sooraj at a hostel canteen and attacked him, causing him serious damage to his right eye.

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A complaint has been sent to the Dean of the institute and there are plans to file a complaint with the police as well, according to the report. The ministry of Human Resources Development wants a report from IIT-Madras in order to have the complete facts about the incident, the news report said.

This beef festival is similar to other protests held in India against the recent ruling that many say hurts poor farmers as well as Muslim and Dalit meat traders, according to the report.e news report states that Kerala and West Bengal have rejected the ruling saying it is a violation of India’s federal structure.

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