Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday recommended the Centre to declare the cow as the national animal. The court also asked the Centre to increase the length of punishment for cow slaughter from 3 years to life imprisonment.
The court was giving judgement on a petition against the way a cow shelter near state capital Jaipur has been managed when it made its observations.
The judge’s comments come amid protests in several other states against the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.
The punishment for cow slaughter varies from state to state.
In Rajasthan, those found guilty of cow slaughter can be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. A fine of upto Rs 10,000 can also be imposed. Slaughter of “cow, calf, heifer, bull or bullock” is prohibited in the state, including possession and transport of their flesh.