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Karnataka Cow slaughter bill

Karnataka’s New anti-cow slaughter law will mean total ban and heavy fine
Bageshree S.(THE HINDU)

The Bill makes slaughter of all forms of cattle a punishable crime
Clause 5 prohibits ‘usage and possession of beef’
Bangalore: The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter And Preservation Of Cattle Bill, 2010, — which was tabled in the legislature this session despite strong protests and is now awaiting passage — makes significant departures from the Karnataka Prevention Of Cow Slaughter And Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, starting with the very definition of the word “cattle”.
As the very title suggests, the Bill removes any distinction between “cow” and “cattle” and makes slaughter of all forms of cattle — including he and she buffaloes — a punishable crime. Slaughter of any cattle, irrespective of its age, will be deemed a crime if the Bill replaces the Act.
Total ban
Going a step ahead, Clause 5 prohibits not only slaughter, but also “usage and possession of beef” which would practically mean a complete ban on beef eating. Clause 8 states that not only slaughter, but “sale, purchase or disposal of cattle for slaughter” when the seller or buyer in question has “reason to believe that such cattle shall be slaughtered” will be deemed as committing crime.
In fact, any perceived “abetment” of slaughter or attempt to slaughter will also be punishable under the new law. Clause 14 of the Bill clearly states that “whoever abets any offence punishable under the Act or attempts to commit any such offence” also attracts punishment. This clause leaves wide room for interpretation, and indeed misuse, on what exactly amounts to abetment.
Huge penalty
There is a huge difference in nature of punishment as well, with the Bill introducing a penalty clause (Clause 12 and 13) that did not exist in the earlier Act. It deems slaughter or “cause to slaughter” of cattle a “cognisable and non-bailable” offence triable by the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class. An offender may be imprisoned for a minimum of one year and for a maximum of seven years. The fine can range between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 1 lakh.
Opening doors for what could eventually turn out to be privatisation of cattle protection, Clause 18 of the Bill says that the Government may direct associations and organisations to establish places to take care of cattle. It further says that the government “may levy such fees as may be prescribed for the maintenance of such institutions.” This, in effect, could mean that a farmer is not only barred from selling a cow or buffalo that is past its prime, but that he may have to pay a fee to an institution to maintain it.
Some deletions
The Bill makes two deletions in the 1964 Act. It replaces the word “authorised persons” with “competent authority” and gives powers only to officers of the government to inspect or book cases. While the earlier Act, said that district judge was the last appellate authority, the law awaiting approval has removed this cap.

Go gram yatra signatures presented to president

Over eight crore signatures presented to President at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Saints demand complete ban on cow slaughter

New Delhi: January 31, 2010: Leading Hindu saints, religious leaders of Islam and Christianity, cow scientists, experts, organic farmers and leaders belonging to various social organisations of the country today met the President of India Smt Pratibha Patil and handed her over eight crore signatures collected during the 108 day Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra from all over the country. The Yatra had begun from Kurukshetra on September 30, 2009 and concluded in Nagpur on January 17. The leaders urged the President to declare the cow as national cultural legacy and ensure complete ban on her slaughter. In a memorandum submitted to the President they also requested the President to form a separate ministry at the centre for protection and promotion of Indian breeds of cow.

Demanding enactment of a central law for cow protection and ensuring its strict implementation the saints said there must be strict ban on all the slaughter houses operating in the country.

Demanding formation of a Kamdhenu University in all the states, the saints also appealed to the President to develop the atmosphere in the country where all farmers could live a dignified life and no farmer needs to commit suicide anywhere in the country.

According to Shri Sitaram Kedilaya, member of the delegation, the President heared the delegation very patiently for more than an hour and assured to take appropriate action in this regard.

The 20 member delegation was led by Gokarna Peethdhishwar Shankaracharya Shri Raghaveshwar Bharati Swamiji. Other members of the delegation included working president of the Yatra Samiti Dr HR Nagendra, Baba Ramdev, former RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri KS Sudarshan, Pejawar Swami Shri Vishveshwara Teertha, Didi Maa Sadhvi Ritambhara, noted cow scientist Shri Kesari Chand Mehta, guide of the Yatra Shri Sitaram Kedilaya, vice president of the Yatra Samiti Shri Hukum Chand Sanwala, former CBI director Sardar Joginder Singh, Swami Parmanand on behalf of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vijayamrita Chaitanya on behalf of Mata Amritanandamayi, Shri Adesh Goel on behalf of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji, Arch Bishop of Lucknow Shri Moisis Don, Chhote Miyan Moinuddin Sabari, Buddhist leader Shri Rahul Bodhi, and others.

Prior to it, the saints addressed a mammoth rally at Ramlila Grounds and warned the government not to test the patience of the countrymen. After many years the Ramlila Grounds of Delhi was seen fully packed. Addressing the gathering Shankaracharya Shri Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami described the hastaksharas (signatures) collected from all over the country as divyakashar (divine letters) and said they reflected the voice from the core of the heart of the countrymen. He said if the government fails to take any effective step for cow protection; the saints would start a sangram (battle).

VHP president Shri Ashok Singhal said the saints had presented about two crore signatures to the then President Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1952 and now they are presenting over eight crore signatures for the same objective. But no government respected the sentiments of the majority of the countrymen.

Former RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri KS Sudarshan said the chemical fertilizers and pesticides have ruined the Indian agriculture and this was the prime reason of suicides by over two lakh farmers in different parts of the country. He said organic farming is the remedy that can save both the country and the farmers from destruction. He urged the Prime Minister and President the respect the sentiments of the countrymen and ensure complete ban on cow slaughter.

Pejawar Swami Shri Vishveshwara Teertha stressed the need to create Cow Zones in the country instead of Special Economic Zones.

Buddhist leader Shri Rahul Bodhi assured full support to cow protection campaign and said there must be anti-cow slaughter law in the country.

Dr HR Nagendra said after conducting awareness all over the country it is the time to start constructive activities at the village level for cow protection.

Shri Kesari Chand Mehta demanded the government to restore gochar land that has been snatched by the government and land mafia all over the country.