Cow slaughter is now a punishable offence with up to 10-year imprisonment in Gujarat. The state Assembly on Friday amended the Gujarat Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1954 that make the laws even more rigid.
According to the amended bill, those who involved in cow slaughter, transportation and sale of beef in the state will be charged with a fine of min Rs 1 lakh and max Rs 5 lakh and imprisoned for 7-10 years and it is a non-bailable offence.
The state government in the statement of the objects of the bill said, “It is considered necessary to provide for more deterrent punishment for offences committed by contravening the provisions of the Act and also to make the offences cognizable and non-bailable.”
Before the amendment, the maximum jail term was seven years and the minimum term was three years. The penalty was Rs 50,000.
Earlier this month, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that his government was thinking to introduce a strict bill to end the cow slaughter. He declared the BJP is committed to protecting “Gau, Ganga and Gita”.
This move came days after The BJP won the state elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, where Yogi Adityanath became the new Chief Minister. He has ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in his state.