Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak 2010 has received the Presidential assent following which it has become an Act.
The government had passed the amendment Bill in the Assembly in 2010 to “strengthen” the existing Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act (Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004) and forwarded it to the Union Home Ministry on September 3, 2010.
The amended Act provides that no person “shall slaughter” or “cause to slaughter” or “offer for slaughter” any cow progeny by any means. Following are the important provisions:
That no person shall slaughter or cause to be slaughtered or offered for slaughter of any cow progeny by any means. Besides, no person including transporter shall transport or offer for transport or cause to be transported any cow progeny himself or by his agent, servant or by any other person acting in his behalf within the State or outside the State for the purpose of its slaughter in contravention of the provisions of this Act or with the knowledge that it will be or is likely to be slaughtered.
Moreover the amended Act also has provisions for specifying necessary actions for feeding and rearing the cow progeny.
Another specialty of this Act is that any police officer not below the rank of head constable or any person authorized in this behalf by competent authority shall have the power of entry, inspection, search and seizure and to present the case in the court.
The amended Act puts the responsibility of proving the prosecution wrong on the accused in a cow slaughter case. A person found guilty of cow slaughter would be liable for 7 years imprisonment, instead of the present 3 years, besides a minimum fine of Rs. 5,000.