Karnataka: BJP Passes Cow Slaughter Bill as Opposition Makes a Walk Out

Bill had faced much criticism from the opposition parties and many people have raised objections that the bill promotes cow vigilantism and has caste and religious discrimination at its roots. 

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The Cow Slaughter Bill was passed in the Karnataka Vidhan Parishad today as the Opposition staged a walkout.

The Vidhan Parishad saw heated discussions between the two groups around the table of the Deputy Chairman until he was pulled out of the chair violently by one of the members.

The Bill was passed and the session has been adjourned indefinitely.

 Raging Disappointment

The Bill had faced much criticism from the opposition parties and many citizens on Twitter who claim that the bill promotes cow vigilantism and has caste and religious discrimination at its roots.

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Twitter campaigns had been launched with the hashtags #NammaHakkuNammaBeef #KhaimaKaddaBSY #BeefShallOvercome #BanoBhimBoloBeef and #OutBrinjalsOut, along with the slogan Namag Beef Ishta/Nimag Yaak Kashta? in order to express concerns over the Beef Ban and to critique the government.

Cow Slaughter Bill

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill (2020)- is an amendment to the existing beef slaughter bill passed by the BJP when it had come to power in 2010. It is one of the strictest bills in the country against the sale of beef.

It offers stringent punishments of three to five years in jail, along with a fine of an amount anywhere between fifty thousand to five lakhs for those who indulge in smuggling, illegal transportation, atrocities on cattle, and slaughter the first time, and anywhere between one lakh and ten lakh for any subsequent offenses.

India is the second-largest exporter of beef in the world- at par with Australia, and is followed by the United States. Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world.

 

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