Ahmedabad, March 31, 2017: Making law more stringent, the Gujarat Assembly today passed the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill that seeks to award life imprisonment to those found guilty of cow slaughter in the State.
The amendment Bill passed on the last day of the budget session of the House also has stringent provisions for punishment for those found involved in transportation and sale of beef or beef products.
Now, people found to be in possession of beef will be slapped with a fine that can range from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, and imprisoned for seven to 10 years. And that, too, is a non-bailable offence.
Until now, the maximum jail term for possession was seven years, and the minimum term was three years. The penalty was Rs 50,000.
However, The slaughter and transporting of the cow and its progeny was last amended in Gujarat in 2011, when the state was ruled by Narendra Modi, now Prime Minister.
Earlier this month Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani hinted that his government was thinking about introducing a Bill with stringent provisions to save cows while declaring that the BJP is committed to protect “Gau (cow), Ganga and Gita”.
This amendment comes at a time when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in his state, just days into his tenure.