Three Orissa tribals arrested for their traditional food habit

Holy cow feeding from garbage dump!

KOLKATA — Here is disturbing news on the eve of India’s 63rd anniversary of Independence! Three tribals in Orissa were arrested for their food habit – eating beef! Oriya daily Samaj & Sambad carried the news, 11 August that three tribals (Jhinu Jani, Bhagban Paroja, Dhanpati Paroja) from the Paroja community  of Baipariguda block were arrested by Baipariguda police station in charge for killing a  cow, which the villagers purchased from the nearby market paying Rs. 1300. Four people have fled away from the village in fear of police arrest.
While the tribals were dressing the cow meat for distribution to the community members, some VHP, Bajarang dal and RSS people came there and stopped the people and informed the local police station and police arrested three tribals. As per the news they were arrested under the charge of killing the cow.
While some states have ban on cow slaughter for food others don’t! here is a list…
JHARKHAND: There is no law related to beef consumption in the state, and cow slaughter is permitted.
KERALA : Beef is widely consumed in Kerala and is the cheapest meat available. As slaughter is banned in neighouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, a large number of cows and buffaloes are illegally smuggled into the state. According to the state economic review-2009, there is no authentic data on the cattle being slaughtered in Kerala. In a survey conducted in 2006, the government had identified 4,904 slaughter houses, of which only 30 per cent were authorised.
MAHARASHTRA : The Maharashtra government permits slaughtering and production of beef through authorised abattoirs set up by local municipal corporations. Buffaloes and bullocks above the age of 12-13 years can be slaughtered. Officials say only animals which cannot reproduce or are of no use for agricultural purposes are allowed to be slaughtered.
WEST BENGAL : Under the West Bengal Animal Slaughter Act, 1950, one needs to produce a ‘fit-for-slaughter’ certificate. The animals included in the Act are bulls, bullocks, cows, calves and buffaloes of all types/ages. The certificate is given if animal is over 14 and/or unfit for work or breeding.
UTTAR PRADESH: The law, UP Cow Slaughter (Prevention) Act, 1955, banning cow slaughter was enacted during the first Congress regime after Independence, led by the party’s stalwart Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant in 1955. However, the law permitted slaughter of old and dry cows after prior permission from the Animal Husbandry Department. The BJP-led government, headed by Rajnath Singh, in 2002, introduced an amendment to the Act, imposing a blanket ban on the cow slaughter. The earlier BJP government in 1991-92, headed by Kalyan Singh, had attempted to introduce similar amendments for imposing a complete ban on cow slaughter.
RAJASTHAN: Slaughter of all bovines is prohibited in the state. Possession, sale, transport of beef and beef products is prohibited. Export of bovine animals for slaughter is prohibited. Custody of seized animals to be given to any recognised voluntary animal welfare agency, or to any goshala, gosadan. Violation of the above invites imprisonment of one to two years and a fine up to Rs 10,000.
TAMIL NADU: As per a 1976 government order, slaughter of cows and heifers is banned in all slaughter-houses in Tamil Nadu. Though this ban is not stringently implemented, there is a cultural stigma attached to consuming cow meat. Beef dishes are not available on the menu of any good restaurants.
ORISSA : Under the Orissa Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1960, killing of cows is totally prohibited. It is a cognisable offence and carries penal provision of imprisonment up to maximum of two years or a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both. While the slaughter of a heifer or a calf is prohibited, that of a bull, bullock is allowed on the production of fit-for-slaughter certificate if the animal is over 14 years of age or has become permanently unfit for breeding.
MADHYA PRADESH : Madhya Pradesh, like Gujarat, has imposed a total ban on cow slaughter. The BJP government has sent the Centre a draft of the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak, 2007, which sought to amend an existing legislation by increasing the punishment for cow slaughter to 10 years. The Centre returned the draft asking the state to reduce the jail term saying it was too harsh.
ASSAM : The Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1951, (amended in 1963) prohibits slaughter of cattle.
PUNJAB : There is a complete ban on cow slaughter in Punjab. A proposal to set up a Cow Service Board is under the consideration of the state government. The Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, is aimed at checking cow slaughter. The police department has issued instructions to SPs in all districts for strict implementation of the Act.
HIMACHAL PRADESH : The Himachal Pradesh (Prohibition) of Cow Slaughter Act, 1979, prescribes a punishment of up to five years’ RI and a fine of Rs 5,000 or both on person involved in the crime or even abetting the slaughter of cow, bull, bullock, ox or calf. Even the person who suppresses information pertaining to such a crime is punishable with imprisonment of two years and a fine up to Rs 200 or both.
JAMMU & KASHMIR : The law against cow slaughter was made way back in 1896 when the then Maharaja of Kashmir in an advertisement sanctioned by a state council resolution banned transport, slaughter and even selling of beef in the state. According to Advocate General Ishaq Qadiri, “In J-K you are not permitted to run a beef shop.”



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3 responses to “Three Orissa tribals arrested for their traditional food habit

  1. Dr. Paulson

    It is not the first time that tribals in India or Orissa are eating beef.
    So why arrest them now in Koraput.
    Does the incident not augur the spread of Hindu fundamentalism in Koraput and ring the rot that has set in?
    Arrest humans who eat beef for food and protect the cows… C’mon guys, use your head.
    Jai Ho Bharat!

    • mahesh

      Why should cow-slaughter be banned? its one’s personal wish! Muslims dont eat pork, that doesn’t mean pork is banned! Christians don’t eat meat on friday, that doesnt mean friday is officially no-meat day, devout Sikhs and Jews dont cut their hair, beards , that doesnt mean hair trimming should be banned! GROW UP!!!! use logic, use sense!!!

  2. Elias

    Well the indian regime is neither true hindu nor true democrats. True Hindus show tolerance for other peoples beliefs and feelings. and tolerance is also a moral teaching. True democrats respect personal choice. So india’s regime is neither true hindus nor true democrats.

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