In Goa, Church and Muslim groups come together to fight anti-slaughter order

Anwar Bepari, representing the Qureshi Meat Traders Association, said one of the important points raised in the petition is the ban on purchase of animals for religious sacrifice.

Written by Smita Nair | Panaji | Updated: June 13, 2017 8:28 am
cow slaughter, goa cow slaughter, beef ban, goa beef ban, Qureshi Meat Traders Association, cattle purchase ban, muslim beef ban, eid sacrifice, indian express news, india news The collective, which has held meetings at the Clergy Home in Margao, was formed after the June 1 incident when trucks travelling to transport bullocks were stopped at the Goa-Karnataka border following the central notification. Image for representational purposes.

With influential Muslims and the Roman Catholic Church in the state backing a civil society collective called Goa for Beef — Beef for Goa, the Qureshi Meat Traders Association filed a writ petition Monday before the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on the May 26 central notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter. The Qureshi Meat Traders Association, part of the collective, made the Union and state governments respondents in the petition — the Manohar Parrikar government has been silent on the central notification that has hit Goa’s meat industry and tourism. The collective expects to hear the “justification behind the ban on trading at cattle markets”.

Anwar Bepari, representing the Qureshi Meat Traders Association, said one of the important points raised in the petition is the ban on purchase of animals for religious sacrifice. “This is important for us because in two months we have Bakr Eid which will open other issues if this notification goes through.”

The collective, which has held meetings at the Clergy Home in Margao, was formed after the June 1 incident when trucks travelling to transport bullocks were stopped at the Goa-Karnataka border following the central notification.

Abdul Matin, representing the Muslim community, said the collective was formed because they found no representation from the new government on the beef issue. “We were tired of their silence when other state governments and chief ministers were sending letters against the notification,” Matin said.

Calling the collective a product of “inter-faith dialogue”, Father Savio Fernandes, its co-convener, said “it was the need of our times”. He is also executive secretary of Council for Social Justice and Peace, “a body of the Church” formed in 2005 to look into cases of rights violations.

“We were quiet but now the issue affects livelihood and is an act of infringement,” Father Fernandes said of the central notification.

“In this collective, there are three formal members — the Church’s body, that is this office; the Muslim community; and, representatives of the meat traders in Goa. We have come together specifically for this issue as this is is a direct attack on the secular nature of our country. We now feel that the time has come where we will have to meet more often than before. Inter-faith dialogues will have to increase,” he said.

In meetings in Margao and at the office of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, convenors and meat traders highlighted loss of livelihood because of the notification — the state relies on cattle markets in Karnataka and the slaughter house in Ponda for beef.

“Beef was always the cheapest food in Goa and forms an important weekend dish in most households. Even our traditional cuisine is styled around beef,” Father Fernandes said. “Priests have been sending us feedback from the people. In fact, we are seeing it ourselves.

Many restaurants in Goa have started putting ‘beef not served here’ signs… they do not want trouble,” he said.

Bepari said: “Without the market, there is no space to look. With incidents of lynching, one cannot travel anywhere and pick up cattle from any farmer. We are telling our problems to the court through this writ petition since no one seems to be representing us. We are looking to see if there are legal remedies available. Livelihood is not just restricted to us, there are many sectors that will be affected.”

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    Vidya
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    The mentioned groups had come together to demand the Par ion of India too and they would naturally want to support each other as they are siblings ( term siblings was used by the Catholic head).
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      Joji Mathew Vellookunnel
      Jun 16, 2017 at 3:42 am
      Yes we are siblings, got any problem?
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      Dr. D. Prithipaul
      Jun 13, 2017 at 7:17 pm
      Why cannot the Church convince its Muslim friends and sympathisers to sacrifice symbolic cows or goats for their Bakr Eid, as Christians use the host and low alcoholic wine to represent the body of Christ and thereby to signify the mystic communion between the believer and the Son of the Heavenly Father? Why would such a subs ution be repugnant to the faith of the Muslim believer? By so doing the Muslim would show compassion to the animal and at the same time honour the practice of his faith in the right spirit. Or is he just concerned with the taste of meat in the mouth? Does Allah really need the shedding of the cow's blood? How can he be hurt or offended with the use of a symbol by the believer?
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        jackal
        Jun 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm
        So you are a doctor? Can you cure a disease by giving symbolic medicine or perform an operation symbolically. Similarly can you venerate your cow symbolically?? I think you are lax on your own mental health. Do you not know that plants also have life, and feel pain?? So when are you going to stop eating plants.
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          Joji Mathew Vellookunnel
          Jun 16, 2017 at 3:46 am
          If one wants to eat beef, he or she will eat. If some one wants to drink gomutra, no one is stopping them.
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          jack
          Jun 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm
          Goa has 66 Hindus and 25 Christians, so why cant Hindus get together and democratically impose a beef ban? The problem is Hindus are not united and until that happens the minorities will rule us. Both Christians and Muslims are funded from abroad, you can see this by the Whitewashed Churches and Mosques, the mentality of the general Goan's is also that they consider themselves Portuguese and think they are 'white'. Having been to Goa many times I have experienced open racism toward's Indians. Its about time Hindus put this right and align this state with BJP political victory ( we need landslide victory) which will stop heavy funding from abroad and spread Hindutva ethos ....Jai Hind
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            Joji Mathew Vellookunnel
            Jun 16, 2017 at 3:48 am
            So you got the majority, you will tell us what to cook and eat in our homes?
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            KP
            Jun 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm
            this is the real face of hate monger religions muslims the most they have no respect for non muslims infact their book is full of hatred for others surprisingly the unrest is most in Muslim countries they jehadis have destro land under their rule and law of of saitan
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              kaamini
              Jun 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
              LAWS SHOULD BE MADE WITH MAJORITY RULES CONSENSUS WHO MAKES LAWS TO PLEASE MINORITIES.. GO TO STAN OR USA.. ITS EITHER MUSLIM LAWS OR CHRISTIAN LAWS THERE....
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                ck
                Jun 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                All laws are according to secular system which is the key structure of ru , 2/3 majority can amend some laws but according to late down rules of cons ution. rules will be followed by laws, majority can make laws according to the system and enjo the ru accordingly, for well being of country. This system are being followed almost all democratic countries.
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                kaamini
                Jun 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm
                why should india structure laws around minorities..does it happen anywhere else. in USA or stan... Please leave
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                  Roger Mendes
                  Jun 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm
                  This is Goa you may continue to live in Shi anywhere else in India. Beef was and always will be part of our diet. See your BJP party in Goa which cons ute more than half of Christian MLA's.Fools will brag about it. Pls give us visa for USA we are ready to leave .
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                    ck
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm
                    In USA or else where except only one place there are no Christian or Islamic laws. only democratic laws are being followed every where having all citizen full rights. There is not any structure law around minorities only these laws are applicable to citizens only. In democratic countries every where minorities are living with majorities having full equal rights. so it is here also.
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                    ck
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm
                    Control the personal matters such as personal wearings, eatings, praying practices etc are totally against the secular system which is key of the cons uting. Now this is adopting which is creating vacuum in peaceful living structure, also effecting the overall economy and rising pattern.
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                      NA
                      Jun 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm
                      it is time to throw all the Jihadis out of India.
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                      BM
                      Jun 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm
                      India, now, is a semi Islamic/Christian country where majority Hindus have no say. hi/Nehru's dream is realised by 67 years of misrule of Congress. Where are 800 million Hindus ? Hiding under the table ?
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                        NA
                        Jun 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm
                        it is time to throw all the Jihadis out of India.
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