Beef: Ban, Bill, Party, Protest…



A day after lower house of the state legislature sabotaged the beef ban bill for discussion, the house ran smoothly on Day-6th. However, independent legislator from North Kashmir’s Langate, Er Rashid, who was manhandled by BJP lawmakers in house Thursday early morning minutes before resumption of business, he held a protest demonstration outside civil secretariat and assembly complex before being whisked away by police. Kashmir Life photo chief Bilal Bahadur roved his camera, on Friday, to record actions outside legislative complex where Autumn session is going-on

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Er Rashid, a ‘peoples lawmaker’, had assembled hundreds of his party activists outside secretariat and legislature complexes in Srinagar Friday early morning. He was demanding discussion on beef ban law in lower house.

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The archaic beef ban law was introduced by autocratic Dogra ruler in 1892. The law prohibits slaughter/consumption of bovines.


The Jammu wing of High Court, ahead of Eid-al-Azha, ordered DGP to implement beef ban in J&K. It acted on a PIL which was filed by, among others, a deputy advocate general engaged by government who was later dismissed.

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The state government had to snap internet services on Eid-al-Azha for over 72 hours fearing uploading of bovine sacrifices on social media might trigger crisis in mainland India.

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Rashid had brought a bill seeking discussion on the law, which after Speaker’s Yes/No, was due for discussion on day five of Autumn session, however, it could not be taken up, Kavinder Gupta sighted “lack of time” against the wishes of entire opposition led by NC.

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On Wednesday (October 07) evening, Rashid organized a beef party where he claimed to have served beef kebabs. Interestingly, PDP leader and minister, Abdul Haq Khan claimed in Legislative Council that the served kebabs were not prepared of beef.

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As Rashid entered legislative assembly on day five minutes before house resumed business, BJP legislators led by Ravinder Raina attacked him with punches, jabs and kicks. He was saved by NC, Congress legislators besides Hakeem Yaseen while PDP lawmakers remained at a distance.

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The state government approached Supreme Court over the beef ban bill which stayed the implementation of the order for two months in J&K.


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