SC seeks reply from States for ban on cow vigilante groups

Today SC sought reply from the six states-Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh on a plea seeking the ban of the cow vigilante group. These States are given three weeks’ time to file their response. The matter will be next heard on May 3. The order was passed on a PIL filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla. The petition alleged that these “Gau Rakshaks” are doing illegal activities and atrocities against the minority and Dalits. The petition said “The petitioner humbly submits that the menace caused by the so called cow protection groups is spreading fast to every nook and corner of the country and is creating disharmony among various communities and castes. These vigilantes groups are operating beyond the realm of law and are known to take law in their hands,” The plea sought to declare as “unconstitutional” section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954, Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, and Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, which provide for protection of persons acting in good faith under the Act or rules. “These laws and the protection granted therewith act as a catalyst to violence perpetrated by these vigilante groups,” it said.

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