Hyderabad:A local court on Monday ordered “status quo” till December 21 vis-a-vis the ‘beef’ and ‘pork’ festivals proposed to be held on the Osmania University campus here this week.
The status quo order was passed by Junior Civil Judge of the City Civil Court, G Ravinder, on a petition filed by Janardhan, an advocate, who contended that the planned festivals by some student groups are in violation of Cruelty Towards Animal Act and Cow Slaughter Act.
Janardhan submitted that the university is an educational institution and that no politics should enter into its sphere and that sentiments of different communities would be hurt if the proposed ‘beef and pork festivals’ are to be held. The ‘beef festival’ has been planned to be held by a group of students on December 10, coinciding with the International Human Rights Day, against alleged attempts to curb dietary habits of certain groups. Another group of students had said they would conduct a ‘pork festival’ on the same day, saying that pork is more nutritious and that its consumption provided livelihood to certain communities.