An Indian woman walks a cow in Mumbai last month. Human rights groups have expressed concern over the attacks in India by self-appointed “cow protectors” against Muslims and members of the lower castes over rumours that they had sold, bought or killed cows for beef. Photo: AP

From vegetarianism to full-face burqas: the perils of setting norms in a globalised world

Philip Bowring believes a middle path must be struck when considering how far a society should go in accepting behaviour by religious minorities that do not accord with standards of the community at large. But respect does not mean no criticism

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An Indian woman walks a cow in Mumbai last month. Human rights groups have expressed concern over the attacks in India by self-appointed “cow protectors” against Muslims and members of the lower castes over rumours that they had sold, bought or killed cows for beef. Photo: AP
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