Delhi given one week to clear away sacred cows


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Delhi given one week to clear away sacred cows

Armed with stun guns and large nets, officials will be out on the streets of the Indian capital in their hundreds this week as the capital gets tough in its mission to eradicate stray cattle.
The problem of New Delhi's rampaging cow population has become so severe that the High Court has issued city authorities with a one-week ultimatum to clear the streets of illegally roaming animals.
The crackdown is likely to end in violence as the owners of the city's 3,500 illegal street dairies fiercely resist all attempts to round up the beasts.
Although tourists are charmed by the sight of traffic brought to a standstill by cows grazing on the city's highways, Delhi's residents are increasingly disgusted by the disruption and danger that cattle pose.
Almost every week new stories of their savagery hit the front pages. Last February, a retired railway official and a maid were gored to death by a wild bull, and in March a Hindu priest was attacked and killed by a cow.
Despite a two-year clean-up campaign, officials estimate 32,000 cows remain. Failure to solve the problem led to this week's court ultimatum.
Last Thursday, Chief Justice BC Patel ordered the head of the New Delhi Municipal Council and other senior officials to appear in court 'if the problem of stray cattle is not solved within a week'.
Officials' reluctance stems not from respect for the cow as a holy Hindu animal, but from fear of reprisals.
At the heart of the problem are the city's illegal dairies whose owners allow the cattle to graze untended during the day before rounding them up for milking in the evenings. These small businesses are often protected by powerful local interests, and have responded with gang violence to attempts to confiscate their animals.
'Our officials are beaten up whenever they go to catch stray cattle,' a lawyer for the municipal council told the court.
Officials have been attacked by mobs and their vehicles vandalised. The council asked the court for better police protection during this week's intensive campaign but its request was not granted.

bring to a standstill- zatrzymywać
cattle- bydło
crackdown- rygory, sankcje, obostrzenia
dairy- mleczarnia
eradicate- usuwać, wypleniać
fiercely- gwałtownie, agresywnie
gore- bóść, brać na rogi
grant- przyznawać subwencję, dotować
graze- wypasać się
municipal- miejski, komunalny
rampage- szamotać się, miotać
reluctance- niechęć
reprisal- akcja odwetowa, odwet
resist- stawiać opór
roam- włóczyć się, wędrować
savagery- brutalność, dzikość
stem from- wynikać z
stray- bezpański, zabłąkany, chodzący samopas
stun- oszałamiać, ogłuszać
untended- bez opieki

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