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SC directs Center and States to initiate strict actions against Cow vigilantism

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Sep 2017 3:05pm

SC directs Center and States to initiate strict actions against Cow vigilantism

In a stern move, the Supreme Court today, directed State and Central Governments to take strict actions against cow vigilante violence involving anti-social elements and mob group attacks in the name of cow protection. Also, expressed that people are not permitted to take law in their hands or act like law themselves.

The Court sought response from six States on a petition filed by activist Tehseen S Punawalla on October 21 last year, questioning the Government’s laxity in preventing cancerous growth of cow vigilantes, who are spreading violence and committing atrocities against minorities and Dalits. No one is stepping forward to stop them, Center is just pretending to take serious measures against such violence and their objections only exist in their speeches, not in actions, Petitioner added.

The Court also directed each respondent States to appoint at least one policemen in each district as nodal officer to take immediate actions in any case related to cow vigilantism.   

The Court, however, stopped the petitioner from politicising the issue and asked to file another plea questioning the large scale of animal slaughter during Eid. The Court said, only punishing those who attempts to spread such violence against beef dealers is not enough, we must also look for the reasons that led them act so grievously.

Senior Advocates Indira Jaising and Colin Gonsalves, representing the petitioners, argued that despite center’s remark to stand against cow vigilantes, there are a number of incidents growing rapidly throughout the country in the name of cow protection. Jaising also contended that there is a provision in Constitution under Article 256 which allows Center to direct State Governments to take strict actions against such anti-social elements, still they are just washing their hands off by terming it only a law and order problem.

The menace caused by so-called “Gau rakshak” (Cow Vigilantes) group has reached such proportion that even Parliament and Prime Ministry had to declare it “nation destroying elements”.

The petitioner sought the Court’s directions to suspend the constitutional validity of “Section 12 of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954", “Section 13 of Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976 ” and “Section 15 of Karnataka Prevention of ANimal Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964”.

Also, the petition submitted that atrocities executed by Cow vigilantes are prosecutable under Various Provisions of IPC and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.          

Tagged: Supreme Court   cow vigilante violence   Article 256     
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