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JAMMU: The high court of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday directed police to ensure implementation of a ban on the sale of beef in India-held Kashmir, reported Hindustan Times.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth wing member Advocate Parimoksh Seth's public interest litigation petition maintained that the slaughter of cows hurt the religious sentiments of certain communities. He was of the view that cow slaughter was common in the state despite Ranbir Penal Code provisions.

The 1932 Ranbir Penal Code, which is applicable in India-held Kashmir, says that the slaughter of cows and similar animals is punishable with up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine.

The ruling follows bans on slaughtering the animals and selling their flesh which were recently introduced in several Indian states, a move that critics say discriminates against Muslims and other religious minorities who rely on the cheap meat for protein. Minority groups and activists say beef bans hurt India's secular fabric and personal freedom.

Also read: Go to Pakistan if you can't live without beef: BJP minister

A bench comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal ordered the director general of police to command police officials in all districts and police stations to ensure that no beef was sold in the state and that strict action was taken against violators of the ban.

Some 'separatist' groups in India-held Kashmir called for a strike to protest the ban.

Dukhtaran-e-millat chief Asiya Andrabi, in an act of defiance, arranged for the slaughter of a cow at her Buchpora residence, the Kashmir Reader reported.

Maharashtra state capital Mumbai earlier this week banned the slaughter and sale of meat for four days, following demands from the strictly vegetarian Jain community, sparking anger among meat eaters.

Following the Mumbai beef ban, Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena distributed packets of meat in various areas of the city in protest, a Hindustan Times report said.

Moves to protect cows have intensified since Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power after general elections last May.

Also read: Indian leader warns of unrest over cow protection push in Gujarat


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Factual Sep 11, 2015 12:49pm

Thank you Quaid e Azam for Pakistan. We at least have freedom of our way of life.

beef lover Sep 11, 2015 12:50pm

WHY? kashmir is not part of india nor kashmiris consider themselves part of india so why indians get to decide what they eat or not??/ this is height of stupidity by indians!!

Jazib Sep 11, 2015 12:50pm

This is the future if current LoCs are accepted. Kashmir muslims will always live in fear of persecution by the Indians.

saad Sep 11, 2015 12:52pm

So is this the secular India?

Ali Vaqar Awan Sep 11, 2015 12:52pm

This is totally insane. Let people eat what they want. Who is the state to decide what to eat or not.

TA Sep 11, 2015 12:54pm

Very sad. Destruction to BJP.

Sonny Afridi Sep 11, 2015 12:58pm

Is this a joke? Kashmir is a Muslim majority nation. Dont impose hindu value on Muslims. The indians seem to be doing everything to be inviting communal problems. As it is Kashmiri hate them. NO big deal, Pakistan/Azad Kashmir will provide the meat to our brothers across L/oC

Ali Sep 11, 2015 12:59pm

Another step leading closer towards independence of Kashmir.

Wish my best of prayers to Kashmir's brothers wherever their future lies, either with Pakistan or as an Independent country InshaAllah.

waseem Sep 11, 2015 01:04pm

India is not a secular country.

Rashid Sep 11, 2015 01:06pm

Pakistan should immediately step in and fill Kashmiri markets with packaged beef products thru AJK. If sales theu shops are banned than supply via alternate channels directly to customer's residences.

Changez_Khan Sep 11, 2015 01:07pm

Then why India is selling and slaughtering cows in their land? Why India is the largest nation in slaughtering and exporting cows? So is this the largest democratic nation in world? This ban is total nonsense and ridiculous. This ban shows just hate against Muslims, Period!

Zubair Sep 11, 2015 01:08pm

Thank you Quaid-e-Azam! Alhamdulilla we're going through a phase but we can practice our religion freely.

adeel Sep 11, 2015 01:09pm

Secular india?, biggest democracy?, realilly!!

Imposing beef ban on muslim majority area occupied by force...

Khan Sep 11, 2015 01:13pm

Welcome to the Modi's secular India!

That 70's Vespa Sep 11, 2015 01:19pm

Thank you Modi. With leaders like you Pakistan does not even need to engage proxies, support separatists in India. Just sit back, relax and watch the show

m singh Sep 11, 2015 01:21pm

Everybody has right to eat what he or she wants....

Nabeel Safdar Sep 11, 2015 01:26pm

India's Govt and Indians brag about having a society/culture based on Religious pluralism. With the kind of multi religion culture it is agonizing and heartening to hear such in-tolerance from them.

Nabeel Safdar Sep 11, 2015 01:30pm

Taste this guys...Contrarily India is one of the largest beef exporter.

Raja Idrees Sep 11, 2015 01:31pm

Look world here at the so called biggest democracy...

SJ Sep 11, 2015 01:32pm

. Whole Kashmir should observe a day in a week (Thursday) as slaughter day.

Akram Sep 11, 2015 01:38pm

wrong move india. surely you will see the retaliation in majority muslim Kashmir who already hate you... Kashmir will be free inshaAllah

Padmakar Sep 11, 2015 01:49pm

We should stop practices which hurts the religious sentiments of each other.

Shabir (Kashmiri) Sep 11, 2015 01:59pm

It will be tough to enforce this ban here as most marriages & functions & festivals in rural kashmir r based on beef but even ruaral kashmiris r so scared of police & army that they will voulentry give up beef for buffalo

K Sep 11, 2015 02:00pm

It might be the Mody to put the last nail in the coffin of Glorious Indian Dream

sana-1 Sep 11, 2015 02:00pm

Thats why Kashmiris want freedom , that's why Jinnah insisted for separate homeland,

faisal Sep 11, 2015 02:18pm

Secular India anyone? In which other secular country is there such a ban? Only goes on to prove the 2 nation theory yet again. You dont limit freedom of religion for one group to appease another group. Its discrimination against Muslims.

Ram Lakhan Sep 11, 2015 02:20pm

I am no fan of consuming beef myself, but i will defend the right of anyone who wants to consume beef.

Shah Sep 11, 2015 02:26pm

On one side India claims to be secular and on other side slaughter of cows is hurting their religious sentiments.

Ahmed31 Sep 11, 2015 02:28pm

and then they ask why Kashmiris want to join Pakistan

NAJEEB BURKI Sep 11, 2015 02:29pm

wow that's interesting now. see what next from BJP

TrueMuslim Sep 11, 2015 02:31pm

thank God i m not in India....i wonder how body builders in india get all the meat for gainning mass

Ahtesham Sep 11, 2015 02:55pm

This decision is based on Hindu extremist and racist against all religions that's why Kashmir want to join Pakistan....

banistan Sep 11, 2015 03:00pm

India finds beef exports OK, but beef for Muslims is "banned". Hypocrisy of so called secular state.

Mohit Sep 11, 2015 03:30pm

@TrueMuslim food other than non veg aalsi had protein... Soya, paneer etc have more protein per 100 gm and are less harmful than beef. Moreover fish and chicken also have protein.

Pardeep Sep 11, 2015 03:30pm

@TrueMuslim , our wrestlers and boxers have won more medals than pakistanis. An for your information all those boxers and wrestlers from Haryana India are vegetarians!

Rizwan Sep 11, 2015 03:45pm

That why the Muslim of subcontinent are struggle for, The Two nation Theory.

Hassan Sep 11, 2015 03:45pm

India has now officially become a Hindu state....

Taimoor Khan Sep 11, 2015 04:00pm

Secular India?? Kashmir is a Muslim majority state, what about the sentiments and the wishes of the majority?

Princess Sep 11, 2015 04:04pm

Shame on you India! You want to held Kashmir for such inhumane,brutal and devilish restrictions? If you can't deal with it just go from Kashmir. The claim of secular India is ridicule!

Ashraf Choudhry Sep 11, 2015 04:05pm

What about the feelings of Beef Eaters.Balance must be maintained.

Zk Sep 11, 2015 04:07pm

. India has always been hypocritical and hence why they will never really become the powerful house they could/should have been.

Imran Soomro Sep 11, 2015 04:13pm

So-called secular India. India is secular in name only as evident from the prevailing scenarios. Modi-BJP has henceforth proved disastrous for country's secularism and democracy.

Ali Sep 11, 2015 04:15pm

What a shame! I see a few posts where some Indians have tried to justify on the basis of proteins comparison. It's about giving people liberty to live the way they want. Thanks god Quied gave us a separate country in 1947.

Shakil Ahmed Khan Sep 11, 2015 04:19pm

Thats Kashmir with majority of Muslims! oppress them more, more will they be driven to get freedom!

Zak Sep 11, 2015 04:31pm

Glad Pakistanis have realised the value of their country.

usman Sep 11, 2015 04:31pm

I thought India is a secular country,,,,,,,,,,,,, I was so wrong,,,,,,,,,,,its a hindu country (Hindustan)

Any doubts????????????

Kamal Pasha Sep 11, 2015 04:32pm

Farmers will start selling cows across LOC like it is done from Rajhistan border into Pakistan.

Khwarezmi Sep 11, 2015 04:46pm

A hundred year old law, drafted under dictatorship by non-Muslims, has been enforced in Kashmir today. Indians have not learnt anything from past mistakes. The ban on beef in 1930's created the Pakistan Movement. No wonder the Kashmiris are fed up with Indians.

Shahzaib Sep 11, 2015 04:50pm

Where are the indian trolls today??

M. Siddique Sep 11, 2015 04:51pm

Another reason for Kashmiris to have their freedom from illegal occupation.

amar Sep 11, 2015 05:08pm

Very hardcore Hindu may support this kind of ban but not many moderate Hindu. What will government do when population of cows raise rapidly? Do government care of cows on road? I was happy when Modi came to power. I still support him, but not on this kind of bans which are particularly targeted towards one religion.

Indian Sep 11, 2015 05:14pm

ban is not good ..govt will not decide what one eats ...BJP should learn it quickly

Indian Sep 11, 2015 05:17pm

@Shahzaib unfortunately for you most of the Indians do not support it so ban won't be there for long ..there is heavy criticism of the govt ...

Sheldon Sep 11, 2015 05:18pm

@Mohit But we prefer BEEF!

Shyam Sep 11, 2015 05:27pm

I oppose the ban. As per the news, even hard liner Shivsena has opposed the ban.

iztraab Sep 11, 2015 05:56pm

Where are all the indians who always sing song of secular india.

nawab Sep 11, 2015 05:57pm

@banistan Yes, India is foremost in Beef export because of policies of Congress for last 60yrs to appease muslims.

iztraab Sep 11, 2015 05:58pm

It proves 2 nation theory is true and why muslims wanted Pakistan.

H Sep 11, 2015 06:27pm

Till today kashmiris have been asked to vote between two or three or more bads but never asked to vote what they want. Hinduism cannot be imposed by media, court or executive.

Maurya Sep 11, 2015 06:30pm

To all those commenting on secularism in India, we all support freedom of our Muslim brothers whole heartedly, and such an act is bound to go sooner as majority of India is against it. Link it to bjp but not hindus as even hardliners such as Shiv Sena and MNS are defying this law in Mumbai.

pure ind Sep 11, 2015 06:43pm

@Ahmed31 we do not mind kashmiri muslims who want to join ppakistan. Accept them the same way as india accepted minority hindus from pakistan.

Lala Sep 11, 2015 06:45pm

Winning the hearts and minds of Kashmiris? Awesome move BJP!

Raj Sep 11, 2015 06:57pm

Some sects in Hindus too are non-vegetarians. However majority of Hindus do not favor a ban and that's not right for a country like India. I hope Muslims too respect Hindu sentiment of not slaughtering Cows, unless if your faith permit to do with no option. Government decisions in any country do not represent a majority voice. If Hindus and Muslims have a mutual respect of each other's faith, I don't see any problem in co-existing.

Anshuman Verma Sep 11, 2015 07:23pm

By reading these articles I feel we are 1857 Sipoy revolutions..

ramusha23@gmail.com Sep 11, 2015 07:59pm

@waseem Yes. I advise the indian government to learn lessons of secularism from pakistan, which has maintained highest standards in ensuring equal rights to all its citizens.

Masud Khan Sep 12, 2015 08:16am

@Pardeep: Check out, they all secretly eat beef more than you can imagine. I'm sure you do too, you just don't want to admit like many more millions of you.

Masud Khan Sep 12, 2015 08:21am

@Maurya: That's a flat out lie. Shiv Senas protested against the Jains who demanded to stop all sorts of meats which the Senas didn't like. The Senas want to deprive the Muslims from eating beef but they don't want to be deprived from their choice of meats suggested by the Jains. Hypocrisy at its best!!!

Santhosh Sep 12, 2015 08:53am

@Ali Vaqar Awan It is the state that decide whats better can be done to preserve the culture of the country

Santhosh Sep 12, 2015 08:58am

@Shabir (Kashmiri) Better do it

Santhosh Sep 12, 2015 09:00am

@usman Absolutely correct it is Hindustan