Even as the whole nation has been busy debating about beef eating, a Muslim Educational and Welfare Society-run Goshala (cow shelter) was busy taking care of old and sick cows, in almost anonymity.
Adarsh Muslim Goshala is located on Bikaner Road of Jodhpur and has been sheltering over 200 cows for over eight years.
The shelter is a huge refuge for the cows who are otherwise ignored or left on the streets to die. It acts like a haven for many of these sickly animals.
The shelter is one of the biggest in its region and houses a team of veterinarians who take care of these animals on a daily basis.
Hanji Mohammad Atique, general secretary of the society which runs the place, says that taking care of these cows is like care of one’s own mother which is shared part of the culture of Hindustan.
To take care of these animal’s everyday needs, a truck load of fresh green fodder arrives daily from Luni Tehsil in Jodhpur to feed these cows. The cows are brought in from all across the city by a trained team who drive a specially designed vehicle to help these animals.
Majority of the cows in the shelter are those who were abandoned by their owners after they stop lactating and were left to fend for themselves.
To make the place even more special for these cows, on Eid and Eid-e-Milad, the team even treat these cows with kheer
The shelter from time to time even run vaccination and treatment camps for stray cows in nearby villages and on a weekly basis a mobile vans visits these villages to treat various animals like cows, goats and buffaloes for free.
They currently spend little over a lakh per month on these cows, and are now planning to double the strength and further spread on a portion of 56 acres of Maulana Azad University campus.
The cow shelter had initially faced objection from fringe elements who had raised objection on a Muslim person operating goshala, but over the years have won people’s admiration and their work now is deeply appreciated.