In Hinduism, cows are regarded as sacred.
Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power, cow protection groups have grown in numbers calling for the ban of beef and those who sell it.
As a result, there's been violent attacks on Muslims and low-caste Hindus for slaughtering cows. The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the states asking for a ban on these groups after a man was found dead in Western India last week.
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