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Life imprisonment for ‘cow-slaughtering’ in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: In an attempt to consolidate Hindu votes for upcoming election, the BJP government in Gujarat on Friday come out with the harshest law in the country to “protect” cattle.

Gujarat Assembly amends cow protection law and enacted life term for those found involved in cow-slaughtering.

The government of Gujarat had in 2011 imposed a complete ban on cow-slaughter, transportation and selling of beef by amending the erstwhile Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, when Narendra Modi was the state chief minister.

Under this Act, the people found involved in cow-slaughtering or transporting beef will serve jail term up to 7 years and penalised fine up to Rs. 50,000. Besides, the vehicle used for transportation can be confiscated for six months.

Few days back, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, during a gathering on March 12 in Junagadh said, “We fought the case till the Supreme Court to bring a law in Gujarat to save cows. Now, we want to make this law more strict, for which we will introduce a bill in the ongoing budget session of the Gujarat Assembly during next week.”