J&K: HC notice to govt on PIL challenging beef ban

Last week, a division bench of High Court in Jammu ordered the police to strictly enforce the beef ban in the state.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: September 17, 2015 3:45 am

The Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state government on a fresh petition challenging the cow slaughter Act in the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).

The court has asked the state government to respond within seven days.

The writ petition, filed by retired law professor Afzal Qadri, challenges the constitutional validity of RPC sections 298-A and 298-B, which regulate the ban on bovine slaughter and beef sale in Jammu and Kashmir. While section 298-A of the RPC makes killing of bovine animals a punishable offence, the 298-B makes “possession of any slaughtered animal” a punishable act in the state.

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“We have challenged the section 298 of RPC and termed it unconstitutional,” the professor’s counsel Faisal Qadri told The Indian Express.
Recently, a division bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal had ordered the government to strictly enforce the ban on sale of beef across the state, leading to widespread opposition.

While some separatist leaders asked people to slaughter bovines on Eid-ul-Zuha and termed the court’s order interference into their religious affairs, the Opposition National Conference asked the Mufti government to issue an ordinance repealing the said provision of the RPC before Eid.

“Ordinances are meant for urgencies. It is the need of the hour to bring an ordinance to repeal the provision in the Ranbir Panel Code under which cow slaughter has been banned,” said former state finance minister and senior National Conference leader Abdul Rahim Rather.

 

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  1. Albert Colaco
    Sep 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm
    My! My! Where are we heading? First, some state governments like BJP led Maharasthra and Haryana ban slaughter and sake of beef of bulls and bullocks and now judiciary gets into tuhe act! Is India going into the dark ages? What any one eats is none of the government's or courts' business.
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    1. Sanjeev Singal
      Sep 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm
      I heard that foreign invaders used to keep herds of holy cows ahead of their soldiers.......... Hindu soldiers used to lay their arms aside and lie prostrate to the those holy cows........... Is this true?..........
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        Vikram Bhatia
        Sep 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm
        Apni Jaan se Badkar kuch nahi chotay... Its all cooked up stories by people like Shubra Veeryam Swami
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          Vikram Bhatia
          Sep 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm
          Towards Harappa Civilisation!!! Just wait & watch
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          1. Vishwnath Shirwadkar
            Sep 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm
            Aum om om .antaratma me paramatma to virajmaan hai hi,,sath sath prakriti maa ka adar kar parampita aur mata ki bhakti hi purna tatha shuddha karma hai..aum om.... सभी के अंदर ,,सब कुछ के बाहर मैं व्याप्त हूँ, जो हर जगह मुझे देखते हैं,, और मुझ में सब कुछ देखते हैं,,, वह मुझसे दूर नहीं है और मैं उससे दूर नहीं हूँ… Chapter 6 text 30.Bhagwad Geeta . सब कुछ मेरे पारे उपस्थिति में, दुनिया में मौजूद है ... सब कुछ के शाश्वत जड़ बीज मैं हूं, Chapter 10 text 39 Bhagwad Geeta आप अपने परम पिता से प्यार करना चाहते हैं,, तो आप अपने सर्वोच्च मां को भी प्यार करने की जरूरत है। परमात्मा और मां को प्यार प्रार्थना करने के लिए हीं जीवन है ----- औम ओम--
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