Arun Jaitley asserts: No amount of sympathy to be shown for those indulging in cow lynchings

Arun Jaitley said cow slaughter bans have been in place in various states from the time of the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and are enshrined in article 48 of the Constitution framed by the Constituent Assembly.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 20, 2017 8:51 pm
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The government today reiterated that it will show no sympathy to those indulging in lynchings in the name of cow and asked all state governments to take stern action against self-styled cow vigilantes.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, speaking on behalf of ailing Home Minister Rajnath Singh, told the Rajya Sabha, “The government’s stand is clear. Nobody is allowed to do that (lynching in the name of cow protection). There is no rationalisation, no arguments of sentiments being hurt can be an explanation for this. And, the government is absolutely committed.”

Jaitley was participating in the debate on ‘situation arising out of the reported increase in the incidents of lynching and atrocities on minorities and Dalits across the country.’ During the debate, several Opposition leaders had slammed the government and particularly targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over such incidents.

“Violence can never be a partisan issue and can’t be justified,” said Jaitley, who is also the leader of the House. He stressed that the Prime Minister has spoken thrice on the issue.

“…legal action was taken systematically in each incident. People were arrested and they are in jail. They are all going to be chargesheeted against whom evidence is going to be found… This is clear and there is no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’,” the finance minister said countering the Opposition’s charge that the accused were not being prosecuted.

Jaitley said cow slaughter bans have been in place in various states from the time of the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and are enshrined in article 48 of the Constitution framed by the Constituent Assembly. Later, it was made part of 7th Schedule of the Constitution as a result of which the matter fell under the purview of the state governments.

“At that time, neither the BJP was in place, nor was any state ruled by the BJP,” he said.

“We have laws in place and if any such incident occurs where police is not acting and brought to our notice to this effect, the government will not think twice of requesting state governments and advising the state governments and even asking for reports as well as states are concerned,” he added.

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  1. C
    Jul 24, 2017 at 6:35 am
    Article 48 is archaic. Like so many other articles in the cons ution that have been amended, this one too is not based on any facts and is in urgent need of amendment. There is nothing in the originals texts in the Hindu doctrines that actively purports veneration of the cow and forbids slaughter of animals for human consumption. Actually, it's just the the reverse.
    1. J
      Jul 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm
      No sympathy but will wrap the national flag around them as a mark of respect
      1. B
        Jul 21, 2017 at 6:51 am
        this country still lives in 17 century,and these politicians have nothing new to do or talk eexcept cows and its vigilante gangs,romeo and antiromeo squads,its well known castesim,this is the most racial country in the world,no wonder china is planning to take away whole of NE and pakistan to take whole of kashmir,except talking they have nothing else to do,feku country and its feku PM and FM
        1. V
          Jul 21, 2017 at 5:54 am
          Cong and Allies are Anti Hindu communal parties. They are with the cow slaughterer and smuggler criminals. They and IE is with all the illegal activities done by some Muslim goondas.
          1. Jagdish Chandra
            Jul 21, 2017 at 4:20 am
            Indians have to more time to wait, when nation leaders would not feel shy to openly speak and protect the interest of majority community against those who openly violating cornering the law of this nation that was enshrine in statute book since independence. Cow Vigilant Lynching Cases happened due to person indulged openly provocation of majority sentiments otherwise, there is not dearth Cow is killing undercover in temporary slaughterhouse consistently pan-country. For this neither the Muslim community nor reserve are accountable but real culprit is slaughter strong lobby who has been running this lucrative business since decades without check , they have developed so strong that offer huge amount to beheaded a person an account of blasphemy. Nation needs leader like former leaders of Jews state Israel Ariel Sharon who had been supporting the sentiment of Jews community openly even amid among the 13 mighty Arab nations.
            1. R
              Jul 21, 2017 at 6:29 am
              This has nothing to do with Majority who are by and large peaceful but Saffron Terrorists who want to use Gau Mata to Lynch innocents so that BJP wins 2019 Election. We saw same lies about Ram Mandir in 1990s and after winning elections BJP switched to other fake issue. Did you remember what happened to Ariel Sharon. He spent rest of life in Coma before dying. What was fate of Gadafi, Saddam, Milosvich etc. Mob Lynching is preparation for 2019 by spreading rumors, lies and hate against Minority and Dalits. Make no mistake end will be far worse than brutality.
              1. J
                Jul 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm
                Agree with you 100 , only issue is how long to wait ?
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