KARNATAKA

Anti-cattle slaughter Bill: a day of protests

Up the ante: Janata Dal (Secular) workers (left) and members of the Republican Party of India (Athavale) staging two separate demonstrations in Gulbarga on Wednesday, against the anti-cattle slaughter Bill passed by the BJP Government in the State.

Up the ante: Janata Dal (Secular) workers (left) and members of the Republican Party of India (Athavale) staging two separate demonstrations in Gulbarga on Wednesday, against the anti-cattle slaughter Bill passed by the BJP Government in the State.  

Workers of three parties in Gulbarga urge President not to give her assent to the Bill

It was a day of protests against the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010, which was passed in both houses of the legislature recently.

The protesters demanded that the President not give her assent to the Bill, which they said would infringe on the rights of those who depended on cattle for their livelihood or food.

The Minority Cell of the Janata Dal (Secular), the Republican Party of India (Athavale) and Samata Sainik Dal staged separate protests and dharna on the issue in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Wednesday.

The protests by the Janata Dal (Secular) were led by Minority Cell president Saleem Khateeb and district Janata Dal (Secular) president Shankaranna Vonekyal.

The party workers took out a procession and submitted a memorandum addressed to the President and the Prime Minister, to Additional District Commissioner Mallikarjun Math. The memorandum criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State for rushing the Bill despite stiff resistance from the Opposition, without detailed discussion on the impact of the proposed legislation.

The memorandum said the State Government had no right to impose its will on the eating habits of the people. The Bill had been brought without taking into consideration the ill effects of such a ban. People had always been using cattle for various purposes, including as food. Their hide and bones were used in different industries, including the fertilizer and sugar industries, it pointed out.

‘Already a law'

Meanwhile, the protest by the Republican Party of India (A) was led by State general secretary A.B. Hosmani and district president Sajeev T. Male. The demonstration by the Samata Sainik Dal activists was led by district president of the dal Dattatreya Suryavanshi.

In their memorandum addressed to the President and Prime Minister, the two organisations said there was already a law passed in 1964 that prohibited the butchering of cows below 12 years of age.

But, after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in the State, there had been a systematic hate campaign on the consumption of beef, as if it were an anti-national act, they alleged.

The issue was being used to create disharmony in society, they charged.



  • Janata Dal (Secular), Republican Party of India (Athavale), Samata Sainik Dal stage protests
  • ‘The BJP Government is using the issue to divide society'

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