The Gujarat Assembly session today amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954.
The Gujarat Assembly session today amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, according to which the punishment for the guilty will now be a life term for slaughtering a cow. The current state law for the protection of the animal was last amended in 2011 when PM Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister and it stated that the maximum jail time for cow slaughter is seven years. Earlier in the month, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said that the state will bring harsher laws for those involved in cow slaughtering. He said, “we fought the case till the Supreme Court to bring a law in Gujarat to save cows. Now, we want to make this law more strict, for which we will introduce a Bill in the ongoing Budget session of the Gujarat assembly during next week.”
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on March 24 introduced a private member bill in the Rajya Sabha seeking ‘deterrent punishment’ including a death sentence for the people who slaughter the cows. The bill introduced by Swamy seeks to “to create an authority to ensure stabilisation of population of cows and to suggest such measures to comply with Article 37 and 48 of the Constitution, to ban the slaughter of cow and to provide deterrent punishment including death penalty for slaughter of cow and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.”
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According to the Statement of Object and Reasons of the bill, “By creating an Authority under the Central Government to comply with Article 37 of the Constitution and in keeping with Article 48 of the Constitution, a law be enacted to ban the slaughter of all cows as wished by Mahatma Gandhi as an imperative for free Independent India and to recommend punishment including death penalty as a necessary deterrent for the prevention of the criminal offence of cow slaughter.”