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NEW DELHI/PATNA: The Indian Supreme Court on Monday suspended the ban on cow slaughter and sale of beef in India-held Kashmir for two months, the Deccan Herald reported.

A bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Chief Justice Amitava Roy directed the India-held Kashmir high court chief justice to constitute a three-judge bench to "resolve" the issue in view of "conflicting" orders issued by two coordinate high court benches.

The India-held Kashmir high court bench had on Sept 8 ordered enforcement of the beef ban in the state in accordance with the Ranbir Penal Code, while the Srinagar bench on Sept 16 entertained a Public Interest Legislation (PIL) against the ban and sought explanations from the government on validity of such legal provisions.

A three-member bench will be constituted at Srinagar and both cases with the two "conflicting" orders will be placed before it, the court stated.

"We have two conflicting orders and it is required to be resolved by the chief justice of the high court by constituting a three-judge bench. This type of matter requires a larger bench. We request the chief justice to constitute such a bench to take a decision on the two petitions," the bench said, while keeping in abeyance the order imposing ban.

The bench dropped the petition filed by the state's government and asked it to raise all the controversies before the high court.

As senior advocates Colin Gonsalves and Bhim Singh pointed out that the issue has been raised in the state assembly as well, the court observed: "The legislature can substitute the law and remove the provisions if it desires so."

The cow is a sacred animal for the majority Hindu population in India which is regarded as a stronghold of vegetarianism. It is mainly for this reason that the Indian government imposed a ban on beef.

The ban was sought by hardline Hindus and is seen by religious minorities as a sign of their growing power since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a landslide general election last year.

Beef traders are trying to find a legal way around this ban as it will not only impact their income but also that of farmers.

BJP vows to ban cow slaughter in Bihar

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vowed on Monday to ban cow slaughter in the state of Bihar if it wins the upcoming assembly elections, India Tomorrow reported.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted in Hindi: "We will ban cow slaughter if we form the government in Bihar."

He said Modi had saved the lives of thousands of cows by stopping cross-border smuggling of livestock, adding that the BJP would improve the cows' quality of life.

Also read: Beef ban: Sale, slaughter of cows banned in India-held Kashmir

Comments (47) Closed

A. Ali Oct 06, 2015 03:30pm

we should thank English dictionary for containing the word " hypocrisy " to define this act of Indian govt which is merely an eye wash attempt.... or they are making a mockery of themselves ?.

tamil Oct 06, 2015 03:34pm

World should go vegetarian and this will bring peace and save the environment.

Saad Oct 06, 2015 03:45pm

@tamil Do what you want to do and let others do what they want to do.

Real Zak Oct 06, 2015 03:53pm

@A. Ali Local consumption is reducing export and FOREX hence they want to stop local consumption and increase exports and Forex , makes lot of economic sense.

Sunbal Oct 06, 2015 03:55pm

Democracy, where you can't eat what you want to eat!

Ali Oct 06, 2015 03:56pm

@tamil Yes, but you cant force the world on what to eat and what not to eat.

Padmakar Oct 06, 2015 04:10pm

Buddha defined nonviolence in very broad term..Not only physical injury but mental injury also considered as the violence. The world desperately needs his teaching.

Kamal Pasha Oct 06, 2015 04:24pm

Any person who is anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan can easily become Prime Minister of India. BJP/RSS in the past and now won the elections on this Agenda.

Cyrus Oct 06, 2015 04:30pm

Two months will pass very quickly. What then?

Harmony-1 Oct 06, 2015 04:33pm

@Tamil - If the whole world should become vegetarian then vegetables will become unaffordable for the masses and then the poor will resort to eating meat as it will become cheap. Don't you think so?

Irfan Oct 06, 2015 04:40pm

Is India still a "secular" democracy?

M. Siddique Oct 06, 2015 04:53pm

India rushes to becoming Bharat.

Sheena Oct 06, 2015 04:54pm

@tamil : World should go vegetarian and allow animals to grow and grow more and over populated in a year or two !! Are you serious dear in suggesting the thing which hasn't any logic. Don't dare to disturb the eco-cycle. If you want to implement on yourself go ahead no one is forcing you to eat meat but let others to eat meat if they want to.

Khwarezmi Oct 06, 2015 04:57pm

Huff, the century old beef-ban debate is still on in India with very tragic consequenses for Muslims who have been hurt and killed. Indians have learnt nothing from history - when this issue took wind in 1930's it created the Pakistan Movement. I thank our forefathers who jumped off this Indian brandwagon and chose Pakistan.

Akshay Oct 06, 2015 05:16pm

These bans are just against the ethos of India. Ban this, ban that. Live and let live. Be yourself and respect what others believe in.

Surprising fact - 60% of our country eats meat!

India will not progress if we have this nonsense going on.

khanm Oct 06, 2015 05:28pm

This is the true face of mockery rather than democracy.

rich Oct 06, 2015 05:36pm

I hope bjp loses in Bihar,

I support them at the centre, not at state level bec of all these stupid decision

Harmony-1 Oct 06, 2015 05:40pm

@Akshay - People like you make sense. I hope you are in majority!

Mango Muncher Oct 06, 2015 05:54pm

All this take of beef is making me crave for a thick juicy beef burger.

DV Oct 06, 2015 05:56pm

I can't understand why India is so important to Pakistan and we don't even pay attention to major issues in Pakistan. Better if, you fix your home first rather giving advice..

Harisingh Oct 06, 2015 05:59pm


If you look at energy efficiency of food chain you will realize it is not only good for human beings it is also good for the planet.

The further up the food chain you go the more energy wasteful it is to produce the food. Vegetables are the most energy efficient items in the food chain.

East Indian Oct 06, 2015 06:00pm

I think Beef ban is a law of 150 year old in J&K, like many states , why the ruler of current regime PDP is not overthrowing the law, simply they dont have majority in the J&K assembly. The matter is in Supreme Court , everyone should wait and watch the outcome

Harmony-1 Oct 06, 2015 06:08pm

@Harisingh - Yes, and that's why people should have balanced diet as there are different nutrients in meat, veg and fruits!

Harisingh Oct 06, 2015 06:18pm


There is nothing in meat that vegetables cannot provide you. I am also including protein in that list.

Broccoli has protein than beef for the same amount on top of micronutrients that beef does not have. Plus broccoli protects you from colon cancer while red meat is a direct contributor to colon polyps.

Pragmatist Oct 06, 2015 06:23pm

I applaud India's Supreme Court for taking this bold decision. Unfortunately the high courts in many other countries not far from India had become kangaroo courts. Let's all learn something from India.

Inditramp Oct 06, 2015 06:26pm

Supreme court will decide to ban or not to ban. Till than peace .

Rohit Sharma Oct 06, 2015 06:43pm

Supreme court should give dates as soon as possible, becuase it is the matter of innocent lives. If ban continues after court hearing, it will be great lose for those innocent animals to get killed because of this delay

Pakistani democrat Oct 06, 2015 07:17pm

Thank you Jinnah! For Pakistan!

Tariq Amir Oct 06, 2015 07:19pm

This agenda of Hindutva, will only harm India itself in the long term. Same kind of attitude created Pakistan and now again it will damage it perhaps similar way.

Davinder Oct 06, 2015 07:19pm

" the BJP would improve the cows' quality of life"

Millions of people go hungry everyday and these intellectuals are worried about cows.

rahat Oct 06, 2015 07:26pm

worst opression of minorities.

indianguy Oct 06, 2015 08:01pm

I'm a hindu, I belong to brahmin caste and guess what, I don't have any problems with people eating ANY kind of meat.

People like Narendra Modi are only trying to force their brand of hindutva down the throats a billion indians. In the process, muslims are feeling more and more distant from the idea of being Indian. Shameful moment indeed for an average Indian.

This is exactly like 2002 gujarat riots. Narendra Modi sat in silence and his tacit approval meant violence would not stop. His tacit approval of the present mess will prove very costly for India

Inditramp Oct 06, 2015 08:04pm

Already beef is banned in about 25 of 29 states in India.

Indian Oct 06, 2015 09:20pm

I am an India, come from a vegetarian family. I believe every individual has a right to choose what to eat. Hopefully this bans would stop. We don't believe in them. Good decision by the court.

moni Oct 06, 2015 09:24pm

and how that will help our country. More and more stray cows on the road. Why other animals are ok to slaughter? Goat also gives milk.

moni Oct 06, 2015 09:29pm

@Harisingh so please dont eat meat. But please let me eat. I am not asking you to start eating and you can not ask me to stop eating. Let the God be judge if I am doing any thing wrong.

k k tiwari India Oct 06, 2015 09:52pm

@Saad agreed

k k tiwari India Oct 06, 2015 09:54pm

@Akshay more than 75% Indian are no veg & 65 % or more Hindus also

Salim Oct 06, 2015 10:17pm

@Harisingh but vegetables only are scientifically proven to be extremely bad for humans. Children in hindu families were more prone to suffer from rickets , in a Harvard university study done in india.

Nasir Oct 06, 2015 10:17pm

Muslims, Dalits, Christians and secular hindus should celebrate beef day in India to boycott the ban imposed by RSS and other communal fanatic organizations.

Salim Oct 06, 2015 10:19pm

There is no good beef or bad beef, everyone must eat beef equally without preferences.

karim us Oct 06, 2015 10:29pm

@Pragmatist SC has ruled but then people take tge law into their own hands, case and was killed and son injured last week on here say and the police in their 'wisdom' took the meat for DNA testing. What good is the SC ruling when people and the law enforcers will not abide by the ruling. On a more practical note what happens to the animals that get old? That is why it is the nature's way of recycling when animals were put on the earth for the human beings to consume; and before anyone jumps in, of course, there is a reason why all animals are not healthy for human consumption.

asif Oct 06, 2015 10:36pm

Hence the "Two Nation Theorey" stands proved. It will keep on proving its practcablity & truthness. Those differ, later or sooner would get another prove.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 06, 2015 10:38pm

Why only for two months?

Gautham Oct 06, 2015 10:51pm

@Sheena : While I don't agree with suggestions of banning beef or world becoming vegetarian, I would like to point out fundamental flaw in your comment that one needs to consume meat to keep ecological balance. There is no bigger fallacy than this. All over the world human beings are creating ecological disaster by consuming meat from non-farm animals - whether that is wild fish in Atlantic and Pacific or whales and sharks by Japanese, or hobura bustards in Pakistan or rhinos and tigers by Chinese for so called medical qualities etc. We consume meat from farm animals, so please don't tie keeping ecological balance to carnivorous humans.

Caught@Glance Oct 07, 2015 12:04am

First the extremists killed an innocent Muslim at Dadri,now a campaign against beef eaters,utter non-sense,most of the Indian cows & bulls are pushed towards Pakistan and Bangladesh ,while Indian is also the biggest exporter of beef.Stop eating beef,meat,chicken,and stop exporting these,then you will find more live stocks roaming in India,than its population.And if you disturb the balance,these livestock will invite different dangerous viruses that will affect the Indian population and nobody will be able to control that havoc.

Manu.J Oct 07, 2015 07:09am

I would like to see how bjp is going to ban beef in kerala.