Srinagar: The already brewing issue of beef ban in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday witnessed a new twist when J&K High Court issued a notice to Jammu and Kashmir Government over a petition challenging Cow Slaughter Act.
The court has asked the respondent government to file its reply within one week.
The court issued the notice in a writ petition filed by a retired law professor Afzal Qadri challenging the constitutional validity of the Section 298-A and 298-B, which regulates the ban on bovine slaughter and beef sale in the state.
Notably, Section 298-A of the J-K Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) makes killing of bovine animals, including cow or an ox, a punishable offence, while the Section 298-B of the RPC makes mere “possession of such slaughtered animal” a punishable act.
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