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Bangalore: Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj finally sent the controversial cow slaughter bill for President's assent on July 29. The bill prohibits slaughter of cattle, sale, usage and possession of beef, puts restriction on transport of cattle and their disposal for slaughter.

If the bill is passed, violation of any of these would become a cognisable and non-bailable offence.


A communication from the governor's office said the governor sent the bill after studying various provisions concerning fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution, various verdicts delivered by Supreme Court on the issue and going by the food habits of various people.

The communication said the governor had received bill from the BJP government seeking his assent to the bill after it was passed earlier by both Houses of the Karnataka legislature.


Strong objections are being raised ever since the Karnataka Assembly passed the controversial bill. Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) leader H Deve Gawda even alleged that the bill was passed in the house without following the 'democratic norms'. Terming the bill as against common men, he had urged the Governor to give ascent to the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill passed in the house.


Protests against the bill is also called from various circles in the state. Recently, a protest meet organized with the support of more than 200 odd organizations, passed a resolution stating that the Black bill, which has been passed by the state government in the Assembly, should be withdrawn rather than be cleared from the council to form the law.

Charging the Bill as anti people and anti farmer, the resolution cited that the bill that is going to be presented by the state's BJP government in the legislative council will strengthen the communalism in the state. The ban on the slaughter of cow and milk producing cattle already exists in Karnataka. The new bill presented by the state government looks forward to ban the consumption of the meat of all the other cattle along with cow slaughter.

The implementation of such a law will create problems mainly to farmers along with the common people of the state. The bill states that the old and useless cattle should be handed over to the Gowshala's and they should in turn be paid for their maintenance. The bill further declared that anybody who would oppose the law and slaughter the cattle to eat their meat will be punished for three years of imprisonment. The resolution further stated that the bill was prepared with an aim to compel the poor farmers to commit suicide.





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