* Mr. Ikhlaq was killed after residents stormed his house following a public announcement over the loudspeaker of a Hindu temple that he had killed and eaten parts of a cow, villagers said. The cow is a holy symbol for Hindus, and its slaughter is banned in much of India, including Uttar Pradesh.
* “Everyone is talking about the report now, but you tell me why should we have lied?” said Ikraman Ikhlaq, Mr. Ikhlaq’s widow, in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “We said then it was goat’s meat, and the truth is out now. It does not matter anymore. My husband is dead and gone, and our lives will never be the same again.”
A handwritten report by a doctor at the