Cows are sacred, in our Hindu culture. To do anything that causes them harm is like committing sacrilege. We worship them, thank the lord for the milk and the dairy they give us.
Hence, keeping in with this line, we all know that about ten months ago, the Maharastra government in India has banned beef sale and possession in the state. It decreed that anyone found flouting this norm could be jailed for five years and penalised for a sum of amount.
The President, Pranab Mukherjee had given his nod of approval to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, which bans the slaughter of bulls and bullocks. Before the ban, this was allowed on the basis of a fit for slaughter certificate. Though at the time, this measure had evoked a fair amount of outcry, the ban still continues.
However, what has come to light is that even after this policing, those who wish to sample the delicacy continue to do so.
Just a few days back, a beef consignment worth about Rs 20,000, of about 2,400 kilograms of the meat, was confiscated in the state. The produce was illegally being smuggled into Mumbai.
Also, what is now known is that not even one state-run cattle shelter has come up, after the ban. This is being taken as due to the paucity of required funds to do so.
The government is still dependent on private gaushalas to look after old cows. Before the beef ban, such animals were sold off to abattoirs.
In addition, what is worse is that the central government, till date, has only assigned one crore rupees of the Rs 40 crore that is needed to establish cattle shelters and to aid the gaushalas.
It has also been in the news that the Maharashtra government has decided to construct three shelters, one in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony, and the other two in Pune and Amravati, each. Incidentally, housing old cattle are only the part of the duties of these shelters. They will also cater to care of healthy cattle which are bought and bred by in the state.
What is the lesson learnt from such incidents is that at times, it is tough to implement certain acts, if the general public is against them. Even the law cannot stop wrongdoers, in certain cases.
This may lead to that those who really want to eat beef, may still be doing so. Albeit, without the authorities knowing about it.
This case study is yet another example of how much tightening the hold of our policing authorities is what is really needed in the country.
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