Backs national law against cow slaughter

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that any violence perpetrated in the name of cow protection defames the cause.Speaking onSundayat a birth anniversary function of Lord Mahavir, the head of the RSS said that his organisation fully supported a countrywide law to ban cow slaughter.

Any violence in the name of cow slaughter defames the cause and the law must be obeyed.We want a law banning cow slaughter across the country. he said. His remark comes in the wake of the death of Pehlu Khan, a cow trader, in Alwar, Rajasthan by self-appointed Gau Rakshaks. The Supreme Court recently asked six states including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and Karnataka to explain their laxity in tackling cases of violence by self-appointed gau rakshaks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said many self-appointed gau rakshaks who were perpetrating violence against cow traders were actually anti-socials by night. I feel very angry at this Gau Raksha business. Some people indulge in anti-social activities in night and turn Gau Rakshaks during the day. They have opened “shops” in the name of cow protection. All states should take stern action against these people,” the Prime Minister had said while addressing aTownhall-style event in New Delhi.

The new government in Uttar Pradesh, which has taken firm action against illegal slaughterhouses, too, has made it clear that it will not allow people to take the law into their hands. The action is against those running illegal slaughterhouses. And illegal businesses cannot be allowed as there are orders from the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had told Khabare.

BJP leaders have been maintaining that the issue should not be seen through the political prism as Directive Principles of State Policy in the Constitution talks about the need to take steps for prohibiting the slaughter of cows.Article 48 of the Constitution which is a directive principle on organisation of agriculture and animal husbandry says that states shall organise agriculture and animal husbandry on modern scientific lines, take steps for preserving and improving cattle breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows, calves and other milch and draught cattle.