A group of self-proclaimed cow vigilantes thrashed 2 traders for allegedly possessing beef in Malegaon area of Maharashtra, according to ANI report. The video was posted by ANI on its Twitter handle. The video shows a group of men thrashing a youth. When another man intervened, he was also thrashed. The cow vigilantes were also talking about taking them to the police station – beef is banned in Maharashtra.
Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee had given his assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995. The bill was passed in the state assembly during the BJP-Shiv Sena rule in 1995. The slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976. However, the passage of the new Act banned the slaughter of cattle.
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Earlier this month, a man was thrashed in Ujjain on the suspicion that he had cut the tail of a cow. The video of that incident also went viral, according to PTI report. In that video, the accused were seen beating the man with a belt, and kicking and punching him while alleging that he had cut the tail of a cow. However, Jiwajiganj police station in-charge O P Mishra had said the accused had a dispute with the victim over money and therefore, they thrashed him.
Recently, the central government had imposed a ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The ban was welcomed by animal protection bodies and organisations running cow shelters. Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi, an animal rights activist, also strongly supported the ban. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 on May 25, banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.