Beef Ban: Rashid Seeks Scrapping of Article 298, Deposits Bill in Assembly Sec



Independent legislator from North Kashmir’s Langate and president Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) Er Rasheed Thursday deposited a bill in the assembly secretariat seeking repealing of section 298 (A) and section 298 (B) of RPC of 1932.

“The amendment seeks lifting ban on slaughtering bovine animals,” an AIP statement said.

Rashid also termed the decision of Jammu High Court to ban slaughtering bovine animal in J&K as “unfortunate and has condemned the state government for not pleading the case before the double bench effectively”.

Rasheed said, “it should not be domain of any government or the court what people should or should not eat. Every religion including Islam has laid down clear guidelines for its devotees what they should do and what not. Nobody on earth can even think of changing a word describing does and don’ts in day to day life of Muslims. Muslims can follow whatsoever has been declared halal or haram (prohibited) in Holy Quran. The matters of religious faith should not be taken to courts as it can hurt the sentiments of the community and India claiming to be a secular country has to respect the sentiments and guidelines of all religions. It is obvious that many communal forces are keen bent to drag the issues pertaining to faith to courts and all the courts need to understand the real designs behind such moves. Any move directed by political or bureaucratic establishment or judiciary will simply mean violation of Article 21 and 25  of the constitution of India which gives right to religious freedom and other basic fundamental rights.”

Rasheed appealed NC, PDP and other political parties to support the bill so that religious sentiments of Muslims are not hurt again and again.

He declared his support to any programme against this ban, given by any social, political, religious group or Hurriyat Conference as the issue touches the emotion, sentiments and religious faith of the majority community.


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