The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on Friday enacted a harsher law for those found involved in cow-slaughtering in Gujarat. Now, there will be a life-term imprisonment for those involved in this crime. Interestingly, the decision is being taken just ahead of the assembly polls in the state. The BJP has set a record target of winning 150 seats or more in the upcoming assembly polls. Newsd had reported first about the passage of stricter laws.
Gujarat had imposed a complete ban on cow-slaughter, transportation, and selling of beef by amending the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, in 2011. Since then, the crimes linked to cow slaughter in Gujarat are covered under the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act of 2011.
The NDA government, especially in the states governed by it, is acting aggressively to end cow-slaughter. Crackdown on illegal slaughter houses is already underway in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has recently come to power with a thumping mandate.
Days after Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister, several meat shops were set on fire in Uttar Pradesh. The new CM has been actively taking decisions, amending and introducing new protocols. He ordered police officials to prepare an action plan for the termination of illegal slaughterhouses functioning within the state. He has also declared a blanket ban on cow smuggling in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Meat sellers have been protesting strike the order as their business has been severely affected as have supply chains across UP and Delhi NCR.
Another BJP-ruled state, Jharkhand, has also decided to shut down illegal abattoirs following in UP’s footsteps. Led by CM Raghubar Das, the Jharkhand government has provided 72 hours to slaughterhouses to close down if they don’t have legal licence from relevant authorities. Besides, a check is being kept even on slaughterhouses with valid licences to make sure that they are following the norms.
Recently BJP MLA T Raja Singh warned that if the Telangana government does not act against illegal slaughterhouses operating in Hyderabad, then he will come onto the road to forcefully shut them down.