The Rajasthan High Court judge, Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma, who asked for the cow to be declared a national animal, has caused much outrage by saying that peacock is the national bird because it is “celibate”.
He said, “Peacock is a Bramhachari and it does not have sex with a female peacock. The peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock. Even Lord Krishna carried the feather of a peacock on his head.”
He drew an analogy and said that both the cow and the peacock are pious beings.
Justice Sharma had suggested that cow should be declared the national animal of India, earlier in the day, and also called for life imprisonment for people who killed them.
He also said that cow should be given the status of a legal entity like that of River Ganga and Yamuna, as accorded by the Uttarakhand High Court.
“Cow is the basis if the spirituality of all the Hindus and keeping this belief in mind, such direction were issued. Even Nepal had declared cow as the national animal. Uttarakhand HC has recently said that River Ganga and Yamuna should be declared as a legal person. Similarly, cows should be given that status,” said Justice Sharma.
In his 140-page verdict, Justice Sharma also quoted all the Vedas — Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda and Samaveda — as well as Mahabharata and Ramayana, to highlight the significance of cows.