India’s Supreme Court has placed a three month stay on the recent ban on the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter introduced by the BJP-led government. This ban on cow slaughter comes from the BJP-led government in an efforts to bring forth more Hindu nationalist agenda items in India’s legal code. The ban has had a disproportionate effect on the country’s religious minorities who consume beef as a source of cheap meat. Also, the ban has encouraged bands of vigilantes who have targeted and killed several Muslims for allegedly transporting or consuming beef.
07/11/2017 India (Star Tribune) – India’s top court on Tuesday stayed for three months a ban introduced by the Hindu nationalist government on the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter.
The Supreme Court approved a lower court ruling that said people have a basic right to choose their food.
The court is expected to give a final ruling after the federal government reconsiders the issue in view of widespread criticism of its decision announced in May.
The government informed Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud on Tuesday that it was re-examining the ban and would bring in necessary changes by the end of August, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.
Under government rules issued in May, buyers and sellers at cattle markets or animal fairs would be required to pledge in writing that cows and other animals considered holy by Hindus would not be slaughtered for food or any other purpose. Cattle for slaughter would have to be bought from farmers directly.
The Supreme Court decision Tuesday is a reprieve for state governments that criticized the ban as a blow for beef and leather exports that would leave hundreds of thousands jobless and deprive millions of Christians, Muslims and poor Hindus of a cheap source of protein.