Indian village bans Muslim names for children, public prayer and beards after row over dead calf

An Indian village has banned Muslim practice including sporting beards, praying in public or giving children Islamic names.

In the wake of the death of a female calf, allegedly at the hands of a Muslim boy, the elders council, or panchayat, in Titoli, Haryana, made the decree – while baring the youth from the village for life.

The panchayat, held in the Hindu-dominated village on Wednesday, also barred Muslim residents, numbering around 800, from offering nawaz (prayers) outside their homes.

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