Beef Ban: High Court Restores Status Quo Ante



The three judge bench that was constituted on the Supreme Court orders to decide on two separate directions by two benches of the J&K High Court has restored the status quo ante. It has disposed-off the petition with the direction to the state government to take appropriate action.

The bench comprising Justices Mr Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Mr Ali Muhammad Magrey and Mr Tashi Rabstan has vacated the earlier order by the Jammu bench seeking implementation of the provisions of the RPC against the bovine slaughter.

J&K government took the beef case to the Supreme Court after Jammu bench asked for implementation of the provisions in vogue since 1892 when a PIL was filed before it. In another PIL, the High Court in Srinagar sought response of the government suggesting the state could legislate on the issue.

When the case was taken to the Supreme Court, Jammu order was stayed. The apex court refused permitting shifting of the case out of Srinagar and instead directed setting up of a three-judge bench. The bench heard the case and disposed it off with the direction to the state chief secretary that it can take appropriate action.

With this direction, the bovine slaughter issue has gone back to the position it had before the Jammu bench ordered implementation of the RPC provisions. Bovine slaughter is banned and is punishable under law.

State legislative assembly recently rejected at least three bills aimed at drafting a new law. While neither of them sought any change in the cow slaughter, these only intended to reduce the criminality associated with the bovine slaughter and alter the punishment part. Beef issue actually dominated the state for last more than a month as both Kashmir and Jammu regions sponsored protest strikes. On the occasion of Eid, the government switched-off the bandwidth button for three days to prevent use of bovine for arousing diverse faiths in the state.


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