India Supreme Court suspends ban on trade of cattle for slaughter

Photo: Dawn.com
Photo: Dawn.com

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government in May decreed that markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as plowing and dairy production, on the grounds of stopping cruelty to animals.

The slaughter of cows, considered holy in Hinduism, were banned in most parts of India, but Hindu hardliners and cow vigilante groups have since increasingly declared themselves since Modi’s government came to power in 2014.

Muslims, who make up 14 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion people, said that the May government decree against the beef and leather industry employing millions of workers was aimed at marginalising them.

The Supreme Court, in issuing its decision, stressed the hardship that the ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter had imposed.

“The livelihood of people should not be affected by this,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Khehar said in his ruling.

India’s meat and leather industries are worth more than $16 billion in annual sales.

“After the decision, the government told the court it would modify and reissue its May order,’’ Additional Solicitor-General P.S. Narasimha said.

The issue has become highly emotive with a wave of attacks on Muslims suspected of either storing meat or transporting cattle for slaughter.

An estimated 28 people have been killed in cow-related violence since 2010.

At the end of June, after months of silence on the violence, Mr. Modi condemned the lynchings.

Media has reported at least two cases of attacks on Muslims since Mr. Modi spoke out.

Abdul Qureshi, Head of the Muslim All India Jamiatul Quresh Action Committee which supports the meat sellers, welcomed the court decision.

“We have to restore the confidence of cattle traders that they can resume their business.

“It’ a victory for us,” Mr. Qureshi, who had lodged a petition with the Supreme Court against the government ban, said.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Difference between Islaam and Hinduism: In Islaam a cow is for our welfare, not for us to worship it.
    May Allah guide the believers in Hinduism to the right path.

    • Victor

      Amen

      • Abdullah Musa

        Thanks.