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12,000 held in MP in 5 years over cow slaughter: Minister

The law was amended in 2010 and cow-slaughter was made a punishable offence in the state with a jail term ranging from one to seven years.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: December 9, 2014 1:44:39 am

More than 12,000 people have been arrested on the charges on cow-slaughter and as many as 1,500 have convicted five years since the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh amended the anti-cow slaughter law to make it stricter, the state home minister told the Assembly on Monday.

In the first figures released by the government ever since the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act was brought in 2003 by the then CM Uma Bharti, the state government also said 2,346 vehicles have been seized in the last five years for carrying cows for slaughter.

The law was amended in 2010 and cow-slaughter was made a punishable offence in the state with a jail term ranging from one to seven years.  The amended law had also shifted the burden of proof on to the accused.

In a reply submitted to the Assembly, Home Minister Babulal Gaur said that 12,192 people were arrested during the last five years under the act and 1,500 have been convicted. “Directives have been issued for strict implementation of the law to protect cow progeny and stop illegal transportation,’’ said Gaur.

While amending the legislation, the government had argued that the previous law prescribed jail term, fine or both, but did not lay down any minimum term. The offenders used to go home after paying a fine of Rs 10,000, or exploiting other loopholes. While broadening the definition of transporter, the new version had included everyone from driver, owner of the vehicle to the owner and partner of the firm involved in transportation.

The unstarred question was asked by former Bajrang Dal chief and now BJP MLA from Gwalior Jaibhan Singh Pavaiyya. The home minister did not answer the part in which Pavaiyya asked if instructions had been issued to make OCs of police stations accountable (if the crime was committed in their jurisdictions).

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