After two Muslim women, who were assaulted after being accused of carrying beef, spent two nights in jail, the police on Thursday arrested Govind Rao Chouhan, a cow vigilante who was among those who allegedly beat up the women in Mandsaur.
The accused dragged the women out of a train and assaulted them. A veterinary doctor, who examined the meat, declared later that they were carrying buffalo meat.
After a 20-second video of the incident went viral, the police took the two women, Salma and Shamim, into custody. They were later released on a bond of 25,000 for violating municipal norms regarding the sale of meat. The women were also charged under the section pertaining to animal cruelty.
The video of the incident, which was broadcasted on television channels, prompted a debate on the issue in parliament, forcing the government to initiate action against the accused. The video also shows three policemen remaining as mute spectators and a few people shouting slogans like “Gau Mata Ki Jai".
Although Madhya Pradesh police ordered an inquiry into the incident, the two women were forced to spend time in jail due to procedural delay.