New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday said that there was a double standards over violence committed in the name of cows, with nobody talking about cattle smugglers attacking gaurakshaks (cow protectors).

“The cattle smugglers attack. There is noise over lynching, but when cow smugglers attack and indulge in violence, there is no noise over it. We should abandon these double standards,” Bhagwat said during a question and answer session at the last day of an outreach event.

He said that being violent or taking the law in one’s hands over any issue, including cows, was inappropriate and a crime that needs to be punished but stressed that the cow must be protected.

“It is also in the Directive Principles of the Constitution. So it must be acted upon. But cow protection cannot be done only through law. The cow protectors must keep the cows. If they leave the cows in the open, it will lead to nuisance. And it will also raise questions on the faith about cow protection. Therefore, cow should be preserved,” he said.

He said that serving the cow reduces criminal tendencies in the person.

Bhagwat said that awareness about the utility of cow had been increasing.

“Several people are running good gaushalas [cow shelters] in the country. And there are many Muslims among them. The entire Jain community is committed towards gauraksha. So they should not be associated with lynching,” he said.