In Gujarat, cow slaughter now punishable by life imprisonment
With this Act, cow slaughter became a non-bailable offense in the state. (Representative image) Photograph: (Reuters)
Cow slaughter is now a non-bailable offence and punishable with life imprisonment in India’s western state of Gujarat. The Gujarat assembly on Friday amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954 to make laws even more stringent. The maximum jail term under the previous law was seven years.
Modi’s home state now has the toughest law against cow slaughter in the country.
As per the provisions of the Bill those found guilty will face “imprisonment for a term, which may extend to 10 years but shall not be less than seven years and with fine, which shall not be less than one lakh rupees”.
Transporting of cows for the purpose of slaughter is also criminalised, where the punishment will be 10 years in jail.
The decision comes just ahead of the Assembly polls in the State.
The manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is also banned in Gujarat. It is the only Indian state with a death penalty for the manufacture and sale of homemade liquor that results in fatalities.
The Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 is still in force in Gujarat state.