Anti cow slaughter bill is tougher

December 17, 2012 by  
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Anti cow slaughter bill is tougher

Janata Dal (Secular) State unit president H.D. Kumaraswamy (centre) along with H.D. Revanna, M.C.Nanaiah and others coming out of the Raj Bhavan on Friday after submitting a memorandum to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj to withhold assent to the private universities Bill and anti-cow slaughter Bill. Photo: K. Gopinathan

Banglore, December 15, 2012: The Karnataka Prevention of CowSlaughter and Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2012 passed in the state legilsature is far rigid compared to the previous law.

The fate of the bill depends on the governor and the President. C hief minister Jagadish Shettar has said the government would send it to the governor for his ascent soon. Meanwhile, the opposition parties have petitioned the governor to reject it.

The main opposition to the proposed legislation is because it is harsher compared to the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Prevention Act, 1964 act , which it seeks to amend.

The definition of cattle has been enlarged, punishment made harsher and the age of animal to be slaughtered increased.

The new bill enlarges the definition of cow. If it become a law, slaughter of cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock, buffalo male or female and calf of she-buffalo will be prohibited.

Only animals aged 15 years or above can be slaughtered, that too after obtaining a permission from the competent authority. The bill empower the competent authority to issue a certificate in case of animals that can be slaughtered. The government would set up the certifiying agency.

Any violation will amount to imprisonment of one year which can be extended upto seven years and a fine of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50000 or both. Officers above the rank of sub inspector are entiled to levy penalties for violating the law.

Whereas the 1964 Act, had its scope restricted to the slaughter of cows, calf or she-buffaloes, but allowed the slaughter of bulls, bullocks and buffaloes if they were over 12 years of age or if they were no longer fit for breeding or draught or did not give milk. The punishment for violating the act is an imprisonment up to six months and a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both.

Banning slaughter of cow was a poll promise of the BJP government. It had enacted the — Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010 – and sent it for President’s assent. The Centre has kept the bill pending and had sought clarifications recently. With time running out and elections round-the-corner, the government had to get the bill passed. The BJP cites Article 48 of the Directive Principles of the Indian Constitution and the examples of other states to defend its action.

The opposition’s argument is based on socio-economic-cultural grounds. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah argues that it affects beefeaters and people involved in activities such as transportation of cattle, leather industry and meat packaging industry. He terms it ‘anti-people’ and an interference with the food habits of people, especially the poor. Another concern is what will the poor farmers do with their aged cattle?

– times of india

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