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Why Women Are Wearing Cow Masks For Protection

Women in India are wearing cow masks to make a statement. Cenk Uygur, Hannah Cranston, and Brett Erlich, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why women in India are wearing cow masks. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“India has seen a rise in "cow-protection" laws over the last few years that carry lengthy sentences and harsh punishments for people who kill the animal that's considered holy in Hinduism. Long familiar with debates over these laws, one 23-year-old artist is using cow masks to protest how increased violence against women is oftentimes ignored in favor of cow squabbles in India.

Sujatro Ghosh, an artist from Kolkata, India, said that his project was inspired by his own questions about why the same feverish approach to codifying protections for cows wasn't extended to women in the country. In India, harming a cow can yield a swift and harsh prison sentence of nearly ten years (or even inspire vigilante justice) but survivors/victims of rape can wait months before they see results from reporting their assaults. The fact that women have seen a marked increase of violent crimes in recent decades makes it even more unbelievable. As Ghosh told The Times of India:

I cover women's issues in my work. I have been following the cow protection debate and then the first thing that came across my mind was, 'Why not women?' That's when I thought that I need to do something.”

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Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Hannah Cranston, Brett Erlich

Cast: Cenk Uygur, Hannah Cranston, Brett Erlich


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