The Haryana government said on Saturday that it had not passed any orders to ban the slaughter of animals for meat, but had appealed to slaughterhouses to remain closed for nine days starting September 11 on the account of Paryushan Parva of the Jain community.
Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain told The Indian Express that there is no order to ban the slaughter of animals. “A delegation from the Jain community had met me seeking a ban on slaughtering of animals in the state for nine days. In the order issued by the Urban Local Bodies Department, an appeal has been made to slaughterhouses to remain closed for nine days,” says Jain.
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While the present appeal came after her meeting with the Svetambara sect, the Digambar sect want slaughterhouses to remain closed from September 24 to 28. Jain added that they want the concerned officials to appeal to slaughterhouses to remain closed.
In Fatehabad district, the municipal council issued an order for closure of the slaughterhouses on Friday but on Saturday, it withdrew the order and said it would issue an appeal.
In many of Haryana districts, officials said they were unaware of the appeal and had not received any orders. An official stated that once the orders are received, they will take suitable action.
The BJP-ruled states of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat have imposed a ban on the sale and slaughter of animals for varying number of days causing much resentment among different communities in these states.