According to Reuters, India’s Supreme Court last week ordered both the federal and state governments to appoint police officers to stop cow protection groups from taking the law into their own hands. Chief Justice Dipak Misra told governments to take this step after a hearing on three public interest lawsuits. There has been a wave of attacks by Hindu activists on Muslims accused of killing cows or eating beef. Police have processed over three dozen cases in the past two years. Several Indian states impose criminal punishment for slaughtering cows, which are sacred to Hindus.