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Stop cow vigilantism; take urgent steps to end violence: Supreme Court tells Centre

The apex court also asked chief secretaries of each state to consult DGPs to keep highways safe from cow vigilante groups

 
By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Thursday 07 September 2017 | 06:04:12 AM

Each state has been directed to appoint a senior police officer in each district to take action against cow vigilante groups. Credit: Ravleen Kaur/CSEComing down heavily on the Centre for not doing enough to stop violence across the country in the name of cow protection, the Supreme Court today asked both the Union and state governments to take urgent steps to stop cow vigilantism. Each state has been directed to appoint a senior police officer in each district to take action against cow vigilante groups (or gau rakshaks) who take law into their hands

A three-judge Bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and Amitava Roy was hearing a plea by Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi, about the states’ and Centre’s reluctance to take responsibility despite cow vigilantes wrecking havoc and resorting to murder in the name of the cow.

The apex court also asked chief secretaries of each state to consult DGPs to keep highways safe from cow vigilante groups.

Four BJP-ruled states: Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat accepted the court's suggestion to appoint dedicated nodal police officers.

Down To Earth has been tracking how restrictions imposed on illegal slaughter houses soon took the shape of a violent movement against livestock killing with gau rakshaks engaging in rampages and lynchings leading to rise of communal tensions in the country.

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IEP Resources:

Order of the High Court of Rajasthan to declare cow as national animal of India, 31/05/2017

Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding decline in the population of indigenous breeds of cows and livestock in India, 23/05/2017

Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding rights of animals under the Constitution of India, 12/01/2016

Petition filed in the Supreme Court of India regarding Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act 1976, 04/08/2016

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle, Gujarat, 26/10/2005

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India regarding total ban on the slaughter of all categories of animal, of the species of bovine cattle, 23/04/1958

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