Following serious allegations by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maneka Gandhi against the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), the organization has served a 100 crore defamation notice to Gandhi, dismissing her claims as unfounded.
Radharaman Das, Vice President of ISKCON Kolkata, expressed deep disappointment over the baseless accusations and vowed to pursue legal action to protect the organization's reputation. He emphasized the global distress caused to ISKCON devotees and supporters due to the derogatory remarks made by Gandhi.
In an official communication, Radharaman Das criticized Gandhi's comments, labeling them as unfortunate and questioned how a former Union Minister and current MP could make unsubstantiated allegations against such a significant society.
ISKCON's Delhi-based national media center also refuted Gandhi's claims about the organization selling cows and bulls to butchers, stating that they are committed to the protection and care of these animals.
The organization stressed its long-standing commitment to cow and bull protection, both in India and internationally. They clarified that the cows and bulls are provided lifelong care and are not sold to butchers. Additionally, ISKCON shared a letter from a veterinary doctor regarding the Anantapur Govt Goshala, emphasizing their dedication to serving these animals with love and devotion.
The controversy stemmed from a video circulated on social media where Maneka Gandhi accused ISKCON of unethical practices and claimed they sold cows from their gaushalas to butchers. However, ISKCON refuted these allegations and highlighted their sincere efforts in providing care and protection to cows and bulls.