‘Why can’t you respect our religious values?’: Kashmiris react to news of beef ban
Scroll.in: The reaction was quick and critical. Soon as news went around that the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had passed an order directing the enforcement of a 153-year-old ban on beef in the Muslim-majority state, people and separatists poured out their anger in the Valley, calling it a breach of their rights.
On Wednesday, while hearing a public interest litigation, a two-member division bench of the high court had directed the police to ensure strict compliance of a law on beef. The litigation, filed by an advocate, Parimoksh Seth, submitted that consumption of beef affects religious sentiments of a section of the society.
“The Director General of Police…is directed to ensure that appropriate directions are issued to all the SSPs/SPs, SHOs of various police districts so that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the state of J&K and strict action is taken in accordance with law against those who indulge in it,” the division bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal observed.
The law the court referred to dates back to the times of the state’s Dogra kings. In 1862, the Dogra maharaja had enacted the Ranbir Penal Code that shares nearly all sections with the Indian Penal Code.
Under Sections 298A and 298B of the Ranbir Penal Code, slaughtering a cow, buffalo or ox is a cognisable and non-bailable offence publishable by 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine. Possessing the meat of these animals is also a crime, attracting a jail term of one year and a fine.