Hindu duo move Bombay HC, challenge beef ban

A Hindu duo have moved the Bombay High Court, challenging the beef ban imposed in the state.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published:March 20, 2015 6:23 pm
beef ban, ban on beef, Bombay High court, Bombay HC, beef ban in Maharashtra, sale of beef,  Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, cow slaughter ban, ban on beef consumption, maharashtra news The new Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act bans slaughter and consumption of beef within the state. (Source: Express photo)

Two persons – both Hindus, have approached the Bombay High Court, challenging the new Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, which bans slaughter and consumption of beef, stating that the action infringes upon their fundamental rights.

Advocate Vishal Seth and student Shaina Sen petitioned the High Court seeking protection of their fundamental right to quality of life. “We are Hindus who are consumers of beef, which is now part of our diet and nutrition sources. The ban on beef and criminalising its sale and possession violates fundamental rights of citizens,” the duo said in their petition.

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The petition says that apart from violation of the right to quality of life under Article 21, the ban also violates Article 29 that bars discrimination against minorities by race, language, religion or culture. A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and A R Joshi is likely to take up the petition for hearing next week.

The court will on Monday (March 23) pass its order on a petition filed by Bhartiya Gauvansh Rakshan Sanvardhan Parishad seeking immediate enforcement of the law.

Beef dealers had also approached the High Court seeking relief. The Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act okayed by the President in February and notified earlier this month by the state government bans the slaughter of bulls and bullock, along with the earlier ban on slaughter of cows. Anyone found selling beef or in possession can be jailed for up to five years and fined Rs 10,000.

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  1. T
    Sep 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm
    Then y do people leave cows to wander on streets and die miserably if she is god ..then pay due respect and feed them hygiene stuff ..rather than leave her to eat garbage ...i any how respect beef ban ... . .
  2. B
    Apr 29, 2015 at 5:44 pm
    I mean people with the name of hindu gods go to church and eat beef. Then how them will be considered as hindus with their names . In India any body can follow any religion. They have freedom of right to follow religion. But each religion has to respect other religion faith and sentiment. But no body irrespective of religion has right to kill and eat cattle in the name of the faith and sentiments including religious rituals.
  3. B
    Apr 29, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    you people go to court against beef ban saying we are hindus consume beef. But any muslim in muslim countries go to court against pork ban saying i am muslim consume pork. Ofcourse, oh India is secular country.
  4. B
    Apr 29, 2015 at 4:22 pm
    Who said you both are hindus. No hindu opposes beef ban and eat beef.Don' t eat beef in the name hindu. You meen killing cattle and eating beef is measure of quality of life. What rights do you have on life of another animal. Then why do human protects himself from wild cruel animal Tiger, Lion etc.,. Why don't they have right to eat human. Killing human is a crime. Killing animal is not a crime. What is this . Are they not living things and have no feeling and pain. In the days of uncivilization , human beings used to take raw meet of animal because of lack of intelligence and knowledge to take good varieties of cooked vegetarian food items . Now so many alternative nutrition food varieties are availble. Being civilised people what is the need of taking Red meet. Red meet consumption leads to illness Cancer, Heart attack etc. Why do we make our stomach a place for dead bodies.