Ahmedabad, March 31: The issue of cow slaughter is the brewing topic these days. In a recent development, just like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat has taken upon stringent actions on cow slaughter. The Gujarat Assembly on Friday passed a new amendment to an existing law, where people who butcher cows can be imprisoned for a lifetime.
This decision by Gujarat state government was taken soon after Uttar Pradesh shut down illegal cow slaughter houses. Prior to this event, the punishment of cow slaughter was 7 years imprisonment in Gujarat, which has been extended today.
According to the new amendment of Gujarat Animal Preservation Act, 1954, offenders will have to pay Rs 1,00,000 fine with a jail sentence and a non-bailable suit. The Gujarat government believes that such an action was important to preserve cows as Hindus’ worship ‘Gau Mata’.
With the massive cow slaughter issue across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first one to raise this issue in 2011. After that, it is the first time that the states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Chattisgarh are fighting against this law and raising their voices.
Another angle to the story also could be that after UP CM Yogi Adityanath raised this particular issue, he attracted entire country’s attention just like Modi did in 2014. Adityanath is all over the news these days and Gujarat elections are in the corner. Looks like Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani wants to win his people’s heart all of a sudden.