Besides being a communally sensitive issue,cow slaughter is punishable with a seven-year jail term in Madhya Pradesh,and yet the BJP government expects people to own up to that crime if they want to benefit from a rehabilitation scheme.
The scheme has been introduced for the benefit of those affected by its stringent anti-cow slaughter legislation whose rules have been recently framed and notified. The rules say that municipal bodies will display on their notice boards the number of animals,including cow progeny,slaughtered by individuals whose personal details like caste and address will also be on display.
Form IV,to be displayed on notice boards,will have details of the animals slaughtered in the last three years an admission that will land those engaged in slaughter in trouble because the original legislation is in force since 2004.
Irrespective of whether they go on to benefit from the scheme,their names will become public exposing them to the wrath of right-wing groups who are very active in the state.