The western Indian state of Gujarat has passed a law making the slaughter of cows punishable with life imprisonment.
Under an amendment to the state’s Animal Preservation Act, those found guilty of transporting beef will also be jailed for 10 years.
The cow is considered sacred by India’s Hindu majority, and killing cows is illegal in many states.
But the new amendment means Gujarat now has the toughest laws on the issue in the country.
Comments by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
It is high time for humanity to understand that in our global village we have urgent need for secularism in every country of the world.
It is simply common sense now and not rocket science, for unlike centuries ago almost every religion is in every country and the populations are diverse.
Secularism will solve the obsession with Shariah Law in the Muslim countries and legislation by the right wing Christians in the West against Shariah Law.
You will be able to eat beef burgers without fear in India.
Israel will not need two state solution. President Trump will become more reasonable and friendly to the Muslims.
China will stop suppressing the Muslims in two of its Muslim provinces for every one will be happy living in a prosperous country. Muslims will not be killed in Mayanmar.
If I keep writing, I could perhaps make a similar case for secularism in every country of the world and that is what we are doing by collecting news items and articles on issues of secularism every where from all the common newspapers of the world.