Protecting cows has been specifically mentioned as a goal for the Indian government under article 48 of the Indian constitution. Despite this, there are few states and union territories that do not abide by it and thus cow slaughter cases are soaring in the nation.
However, the Ministry of Home Affairs is working around the clock to ensure the end of cow slaughtering in the country. Thus, it has stepped in with a stringent law against cow slaughter for the merged Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. Under the newly introduced law, the transportation of a cow, calf, heifer, bull, bullock and ox within the UT for the purpose of its slaughter will be banned.
Cow killers will face the music
The Home Ministry has reported that “Such acts will be considered illegal and will attract higher penalties starting from 10 years in jail to imprisonment for life and fine between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.”
As per the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Adaptation of State Laws) Second Order, 2022, “The Bombay Animal Preservation Act, 1954, as applicable to the erstwhile UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and as in force in Gujarat, as well as Goa. Daman and Diu Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, as applicable to the erstwhile UT of Daman and Diu, now stand amended and shall apply to the merged UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.”
With the amendment introduced, the usage of permits to transport animals for agricultural or animal husbandry purposes is mandatory. Transportation without a permit will be considered a crime.
Cow is our mother, and we revere them: PM Modi
Ever since Modi government came to power, it has ensured that cows are not subjected to any crime.
Earlier in December 2021, PM Modi had launched a direct attack on people who have made it a social stigma to talk about cows, PM Modi had said, “In our society, some people have created such an atmosphere that talking about cow or ‘gobardhan’ appears like a virtual crime. The cow can be a sin for some people. For us, it is our mother and revered.”
Earlier as reported by TFI, Article 48 of the Constitution clearly states, “The State shall endeavour to organize agriculture and animal husbandry on modern and scientific lines and shall, in particular, take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.”
The Cow, according to the Shastras, is one of the Mothers of the Hindus. Thus, the Government’s efforts to prevent cow slaughtering need to be appreciated.