State of Karnataka banned Cow slaughter in the state 2 days ago amidst huge protest by the opposition. BJP Govt lead by Chief Minister BS Yedyurappa had proposed the bill. The bill was passed by voice vote.
BJP government in Karnataka managed to get “The Karnataka Prevention and Preservation of Cattle Bill 2010” passed in the state assembly in spite of boisterous opposition constituted by Congress and JD(S). The bill provides for a hefty fine and sentence if a person is found guilty of cow slaughter.
The Chief minister participating in the discussion reminded that Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the year 1982 had written to all the states asking them to ban slaughter of cow. But the leader of opposition Siddharamaih urged the government to withdraw the bill describing the bill as “draconian, unconstitutional and inhuman”. He took the stand that thousands of people will become unemployed if such bill is passed and enforced. The members of opposition gave a dharna and created a noisy scene by raising slogans. They even tore copies of the bill in protest. The bill was passed by voice vote.
It must be kept in mind that cow slaughter has been already banned in states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also countries like Cuba and Iran have enforced similar ban.
Cow has been an animal of high reverence for Hindus as it happens to be a sacred animal for that particular community. Though it was clearly mentioned by the CM of Karnataka that the bill is not aimed at a particular group or community but the party will indeed gain favours from organizations with predominant Hindu ideologies.
There have been varied views on this particular subject and it is quite sensitive considering India’s level religious tolerance. Only few state Governments have brought about such a change whereas majority of states continue to have unrestricted cow slaughter. This topic calls for an exhaustive debate on national level.
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