Shimla, 29th July 2016- On Friday, the Himachal Pradesh High Court had released a fresh order and sought with the Centre to ban cow slaughter in the country. This was followed by orders to command prohibitions on the export and import of the calf/cow and the selling of the beef products and beef within six months of time.
Rejecting Centre’s plea that the subject falls in entry 15 of the State List and its left to the state governments to take a call on the issue, the court noted that subject falls in entry 17 of the Concurrent List.
In an order that runs over 71 pages, a division Bench comprising Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur recalled that it had already passed a similar order on October 15, 2015, directing the Government of India (GoI) to enact a law prohibiting cow slaughter and beef sale.
The bench said that the directions issued by this court on October 14, 2015, to the Union of India to enact law barring slaughtering of cow/calf, import or export of cow/calf, selling of beef or beef products are reiterated. The essential steps must be taken within six months from today. A copy of this order must be also sent to the National Law Commission for its examination.
In the judgment, the court had also traced several documents and constituent assembly debates to assert the importance of cow, on both economic (farm economy) and religious terms, and overwhelming sentiments in favour of the ban on cow slaughter.
The order came after a petition was filed by state-based Hindu organisation, Bhartiya Govansh Raksha Sanverdhan Parishad, which had sought interference of the high court for the safety of cows asking and for a complete ban on cow slaughter.
“There is no proper arrangement for food, medicine, and infrastructure for cows. The cows are found abandoned, also transported outside and brutally slaughtered. There is dire need to construct modern gaushallas/gausadans to protect abandoned cows. There should be compulsory registration of the cattle as well asgausadans/gaushallas and a complete ban on cow slaughter in India,” the petition sought.
The court also issued specific directions to the Chief Secretary (Himachal Pradesh) to release funds for the erection of gaushalas and gausadans in the state as so far only Rs 5.38 crore has been released.
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