Cattle slaughter ban: A person, who was reportedly one of the key organisers of a ‘beef fest’ at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, was brutally thrashed allegedly by some students, CNN News 18 reported on Tuesday. The beef ban was reportedly organised as a mark of protest against the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter purposes. This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place.
The incident came hours after the Madras High Court granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on the sale of cattle for slaughter. While putting the stay, the court also directed the state and central government to file a reply within 4 weeks. Union environment ministry had recently notified the stringent Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act that banning the sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
Following the ban, a number of political leaders voiced their protest over the decision, while some of the rights groups organised demonstration in the form ‘beef festivals’. The IIT ‘beef festival’ was one such demonstration. Among the first to react was Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The CM took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the development and he stated that he has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same. In his Facebook post, Vijayan said that he has indicated that the Centre should foster the spirit of the federalism, as mentioned in the Constitution.
Vijayan also said that Narendra Modi-led Government should first take states into confidence before announcing decisions that impact the people there. The chief minister pointed out that across the country, Dalits and economically weaker sections of the society rely on meat as a major portion of their daily diet.
Later, speaking to media, CM Vijayan stated, “Those in Delhi or Nagpur need not try to control the food habits of Malayalis in Kerala.” While on the other hand, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also criticised the order. Yechury, slamming Narendra Modi-led central government, said that Centre’s prohibitory law ‘absurd’ and cited inclusion of buffalo as the reason.
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