On Friday, the Gujrat Assembly passed a bill defining punishment for those found guilty of cow slaughtering.
The Gujarat’s Animal protection law also has a provision for 10 year jail for transporting, storing or any sale of beef. The vehicles involved in transportation of progeny of cows and beef will be permanently forfeited.
As per the bill, there is also a ban on transportation of animals from one place to another at night. The bill was passed in the absence of Congress MLA, who was suspended for a day for creating ruckus in the house.
State Home Minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja, while introducing the bill said, “Cows not just have religious significance, they also have an economic significance in our society. It is utmost necessary to increase the punishment to deter those involved in slaughtering of cows.”
The present Act was amended in 2011, where there was maximum 7 years of jail, but not less than 3 years. The bill now also imposes 10 years of jail, but not than 7 years for those found to be involved in transportation, storage or sale of beef. Earlier, there was maximum 3 years punishment for such deeds.
When in 2011, Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the state government had imposed a total ban on slaughtering of cows, transportation and selling of cow and it’s progeny.
Since then, all the crimes related to cow slaughter in Gujarat are covered under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 2011.
For discouraging the transportation of beef or bovine for the purpose of slaughtering, the state government has proposed to permanently confiscate the vehicles.
For now, such vehicles will be confiscated for a period of six months, or till the final judgement of the court gets passed.