The state assembly of Gujarat on Friday has passed a bill increasing the punishment for cow slaughter from the present 7-year jail term to life imprisonment. This makes Gujarat the state with the toughest law against cow slaughter in the country.
According to The Hindustan Times, the amendments also include a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh and permanent seizure of the vehicle used for the transportation. The offence is also likely to be made non-bailable.
Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja said, “During this auspicious occasion of Chhetri Navratri, the government, on suggestions of several sadhu-sants, has made amendments to the Gujarat Animal Protection (Amendment) Act, 2011. This is the harshest law in the country.”
In 2011, when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the state government had imposed a complete ban on slaughtering and transportation of cows by amending the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954.
According to the amendment, the offenders were sentenced up to seven years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 50000. Moreover, the police could confiscate the vehicle used for transportation of cows or progeny temporarily (for six months).
Earlier this month, Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani raised the issue and declared that the BJP is committed to protect Gau, Ganga and Gita.
Information source: hindustantimes
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