Cow politics in India is shaping up to be more terrible than expected, not only are they creating rifts between communities but also claiming lives. With a ban on beef amidst beefed up cow protection, both religious and communal tensions continue to take a toll on people’s life.
In a recent incident, a principal of a government school in Jharkhand was arrested on Saturday for hurting people’s religious sentiments by cooking beef inside the school premises. According to a Hindustan Times report, her aide, one Birju Hansda, who ostensibly supplied the bovine meat to her at the school, too was arrested. The duo was sent to jail after which they were produced before the chief judicial magistrate’s court.
Notably, the meat was sent to a lab to determine whether it was a cow, oxen or buffalo meat, said Pakur deputy commissioner Dilip Kumar Jha, said a Hindustan Times report.
“It was not mutton for sure,” he added.
The action was taken against the principal Rosa Hansda based on complaints lodged by students on June 16. The principal was accused of cooking the meat in the school’s kitchen where mid-day meals for students are cooked.
After receiving complaints from students, a team of circle officer and cops to the school at Malpahadi was sent to look into the allegation. Prima facie, the team found students’ allegations to be true, the DC said.
In a similar case, an FIR was lodged against Jamshedpur-based college professor Jeetrai Hansda for proposing to host a “beef party” in his Facebook post, earlier this month. The Jharkhand government had introduced the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Ordinance in 2005. Later, it was made an Act, which carries a penalty of Rs 5,000 and imprisonment of up to five years or both for offenders.