BJP slaps beef ban in Kashmir

Published: September 11, 2015
Kashmiri groups call for a shutter-down strike to protest against the ban. PHOTO: REUTERS

Kashmiri groups call for a shutter-down strike to protest against the ban. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Jammu and Kashmir high court ordered state police on Thursday to ensure strict implementation of a colonial-era law banning the sale of beef after a petitioner argued the slaughter of bovine animals hurt the sentiments of some communities, Hindustan Times reported.

The ruling comes in a year when several states have banned beef trade and cow slaughter, stoking an ever-swirling debate with several right-wing organisations supporting these moves while many minority groups and activists have termed such decisions a blow to personal freedom and India’s secular fabric.

Soon after the high court order some Kashmiri groups, including Yasin Malik’s Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, called for a shutdown in the Valley on Saturday to protest the ban. “Although consumption of beef is less in Kashmir, there are some areas where it’s consumed daily. So I see no reason why this practice should not continue,” said moderate Hurriyat leader and the Valley’s head cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. “It’s nothing but a political gimmick.”

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Experts say the high court order is a reiteration of a section of the 1932 Ranbir Penal Code that is applicable in J&K, which says slaughter of cows and “like animals” is punishable with up to 10 years of imprisonment as well as a financial penalty.

A division bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal instructed the director general of police to order top police officials of all districts and police stations to ensure there is no sale of beef in the state and stringent action is taken against violators.

The court was hearing advocate Parimoksh Seth’s public interest litigation (PIL) that said despite the Ranbir Penal Code provisions, bovine slaughter was rampant in the state. Advocate Sunil Sethi, spokesperson of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit, represented the petitioner who is a member of the party’s youth wing. India is the world’s second-largest beef exporter after Brazil, but the BJP and its affiliates have been pushing for a nationwide ban on cow slaughter, as the animal is considered holy by many Hindus.

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Home minister Rajnath Singh called for a countrywide prohibition on beef in March. “How can we accept that cows should be slaughtered in this country? We will do our best to put a ban on this, and we will do whatever it takes to build consensus.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th,  2015.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 11, 2015 - 9:02AM

    After hearing this news I duly ordered 3 BigMacs and chomped down with much gusto ! Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Sep 11, 2015 - 9:25AM

    This is a retarded move by BJP. Such imposition of your ideology is nothing short of Talibanizing the nation. Seriously disappointed that Modi bows down to the Hindu right wing. Not a quality of a leader.Recommend

  • London Banker
    Sep 11, 2015 - 9:27AM

    Tight slap on the opponents of two nation theories all the way from London. Recommend

  • Anoni
    Sep 11, 2015 - 9:37AM

    So they step over rights of minority

    And then Indian call themselves the biggest Democracy

    Shamefull Recommend

  • Ghostrider
    Sep 11, 2015 - 10:01AM

    All the more reasons for Kashmiris to continue struggle. india is shooting itself in the foot, keep it upRecommend

  • Khalid Bugti
    Sep 11, 2015 - 10:06AM

    I thought India will progress under Modi’s government better than under Congress government. Such harmful policies will haunt them later…..Recommend

  • Waqar
    Sep 11, 2015 - 10:20AM

    Just had beef burger from Burger King. burps
    Thank you Jinnah!Recommend

  • ghazal
    Sep 11, 2015 - 11:12AM

    20 years hence we might become Hindu Pakistan………………. worst fear for 80% Indians.Recommend

  • Linzhi
    Sep 11, 2015 - 11:17AM

    Human beings can be slaughtered in Gujrat, not cowsRecommend

  • Mahesh
    Sep 11, 2015 - 11:54AM

    @Anoni: What about you stepping over the rights of poor innocent cows?Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:23PM

    Congratulation India for Talbnization of your country.Recommend

  • sardarzaheer
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Dear Qauid we cant thank enough for creation of our free homeland, you two nation theory will always remain alive, and secular India nothing more than a drama.Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:32PM

    I do not know which meat / butcher enterprise the title pic shows and in which country, but the sight of it makes one want to go vegetarian.Recommend

  • Milind
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:42PM

    @Khalid Bugti – “I thought India will progress under Modi’s government better than under Congress government.”

    When has beef-eating become a sign of progress? Recommend

  • stars
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:08PM

    Dear Pakistanis come up with something new..this thanking jinnah has become quite old and boring. Come up with something new. You guys can ban pork but India can’t ban beef. WOW…So just because you are an islamic country justifies your conservatism but you will taunt similar ban in other countries because they are secular. So you guys in a way say we can be conservative but how dare anyone else be that..Recommend

  • san
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:10PM

    Yes.. they step over rights of minority(Hindus in J&K)! Shameful.

    True .. Indian is the biggest Democracy.Recommend

  • banistan
    Sep 11, 2015 - 3:32PM

    can tribune change the headline..

    Its Kashmir high court who has banned beef. Nothing to do with BJP

    Anyway, valley should have right to eat beef!Recommend

  • who
    Sep 11, 2015 - 9:51PM

    ET has made a rare mistake. BJP can not “slap beef ban” in J&K. Ban on beef has existed since before Independence. Indian Penal code (IPC) doesn’t apply in J&K. The Law applicable there is RPC (Ranbir Penal Code) of 1932 named after the then Dogra ruler. For decades Kashmiris were observing the law against beef in breach but never demanded Legislature to remove the law. Sheikh Abdullah could’ve removed it in a jiffy but didn’t bother Beef is not the first choice in Wazwan (Kashmiri Muslim cuisine) anyway. Somebody petitioned J&K Court demanding that State be instructed to ensure compliance of law still on statute and Court has done just that. Whether the judges were lacking in wisdom & common-sense is another matter. Recommend

  • Hari om
    Sep 12, 2015 - 11:53AM

    Far more productive if Pakistani’s fulminate about fellow Muslim majority country Saudi Arabia’s ban of camel slaughter during Eid.

  • Rana Ajeet
    Sep 13, 2015 - 9:27AM

    Ban has been imposed by J & K High Court.BJP has nothing to do with this.Recommend

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