At a time when eating meat, and banning it among the public has assumed high importance politically the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has decided to impose a ban on the sale of beef in the state. The direction was passed on the PIL filed by a lawyer Parimoksh Seth who demanded a ban on the slaughter of meat of bovine animals under Section 298A and 298 B of the RPC.
A division bench comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal passed the order.
The Division bench observed:“Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has not filed an appropriate response regarding the smuggling and slaughtering of bovine animals and subsequently their sale especially in Kashmir valley,”.
The court also asked the State DGP to issue appropriate directions to the state police. It also warned of strict action against those who indulge in such activity. The cow slaughter act in the constitution of J&K bans the slaughter and sale of bovine animals as per the Ranbir Penal Code.
The sale of beef has been a contentious across the country and there have been several clashes between pro and anti-beef sections in the country. Hindus worship cow in the form of mother but this is not acceptable to people of other denominations who consider it as part of their culture.