A scrutiny of district court records by The Indian Express found that at least 53 people booked on charges of cow slaughter, or intent to slaughter cows under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, in 16 cases have been acquitted since 2018.
The high court observed that the accused Salim Makrani is not alleged to have indulged in economic activity of animal slaughter, and therefore the court used “judicial discretion” to suspend his sentence.
According to villager, a crowd of around 60 to 70 people from Behta and surrounding villages were involved in the violence, which started around 10 am and lasted nearly one-and-a-half hours, they said. Heavy police force has been deployed in the area.
Police said a case was registered against those injured after a complaint by the accused villagers. “We have registered a case against the three injured under The Jharkhand Bovine Animal Prohibition of Slaughter Act,” said M L Meena, ADG (operations).
The law against cow slaughter, The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, was enacted in 2015. In the affidavit, the police said 792 FIRs have been registered in the district between November 19, 2015 till March 31, 2019.
Invocation of NSA in a Congress-ruled state had not gone down well with the party leadership. Relatives of Nadeem and Shakeel had written to the CM, and the home minister, demanding an impartial inquiry into the matter and revocation of the NSA provisions.
The petitioner has argued that the restrictions placed by the new notification are in contrary to the very law under which it has been issued. Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act does not categorise slaughter of animals for food as cruelty on condition that it does not accompany pain and suffering. The […]