Beef Ban: ‘Scrap Article 298 of RPC to Make Ban Null and Void’



Leading constitutional expert, Zaffar Ahmad Shah Thursday said that the option with PDP-BJP government to revoke the beef ban is the scraping of Article 298 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Revoking Article 298 of RPC will render ban null and void.

A PIL filed by advocate Parimoksh Seth said, “slaughtering and sale of bovine animals is rampant in some parts of the state which severely affected religious sentiments of a section of the society.”

It further stated, “the practice continues despite the fact that provisions of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Under section 298A of the RPC, intentionally killing or slaughtering a cow or like animal (including ox and buffalo) is a cognizable, non-bailable offence punishable with 10 years’ imprisonment and fine.”

“Its section 298B says possessing the flesh such an animal is a cognizable, non-bailable offence punishable with imprisonment of one year and a fine,” the PIL said.

The RPC was enacted in 1862 by the then Dogra monarch of the state while the IPC also came into force in mainland India the same year. (KNS)


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