Church leaders have condemned the stripping and beating of four Dalit youths by Hindu vigilantes in India’s western Gujarat state and have expressed concern over diminishing law and order in the country, reports UCANEWS.

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Image Courtesy: A Hindu priest prayers near his cows that he brought to the site of a protest in New Delhi in March where a ‘cow vigilante’ group Gau Seva Dal meeting. Cows are considered holy by orthodox Hindus and their slaughter is banned in several Indian states. (Photo by Bijay Kumar Minj)