Gandhinagar: Punishment for cow slaughter in Gujarat will be a life term. An amended law cleared on the last day of the state assembly session on Friday made this clause. By far, it claims to be the toughest law against cow slaughter in the country.
The Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954 also says the punishment for transporting of cows will be 10 years in jail. In the current law, which was amended in 2011, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years.
The new law also doubles penalty for the offence form Rs. 50,000.
Over the past few weeks, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has often talked about harsher laws to protect cattle. The BJP is committed to protect “Gau (cow), Ganga and Gita”, he declared earlier this month.
This was days after the ruling BJP won giant victories in state elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, where the party appointed as Chief Minister the saffron-robed Yogi Adityanath – one of its loudest campaigners for cow protection.
The slaughter and transporting of the cow and its progeny was banned in Gujarat in 2011, when the state was ruled by Narendra Modi, now Prime Minister.