Amidst ruckus in the Karnataka Assembly, the BJP government in the state has passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle bill, 2020.
It proposes to prohibit slaughter of cows and other cattle and will now go to the Legislative Council for approval. Cattle slaughter will now be punished with imprisonment of three to five years. The fine on a violator can range from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, along with imprisonment.
Illegal selling, transportation or culling of cows has been made punishable. If a cow has contracted a disease that can spread to other cattle, then it can be culled or slaughtered. Section 1 (2) of the bill reads: “‘Cattle’ means cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo below the age of thirteen years.”
The bill was reintroduced by the BJP government after a similar 2010 act passed by the then BS Yediyurappa government was repealed by the Siddaramaiah government in 2014.
The Congress staged a walkout in protest after the bill was passed in the Assembly. Party workers said they have decided to boycott the last day of the session owing to the development.
Earlier, when animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan tabled the bill on Wednesday evening, Congress MLAs led by leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah trooped into the well of the House.
They alleged the bill was not discussed for tabling in the Business Advisory Committee meeting.
Siddaramaiah said: “We had discussed yesterday that new bills will not be tabled. We had agreed that only the ordinances will be passed. Now Prabhu Chauhan has all-of-a-sudden introduced this anti-cow slaughter bill.”
To make the provisions of the proposed law stringent, Chauhan had referred to similar laws in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. A team led by the minister had also visited the two states to study the implementation of their law.