Cows in India have a respectful place. Indian fondly refer Cows as Gomatha. Cows are treated as walking gods in many communities.Still Cows are being brutally killed in many parts of India. BJP government focuses on protection of Cows in india. To control the illegal transport & cruelty towards cows ,BJP Government introduced many laws.
Uttarpradesh CM Yogi Adityanath is always in front line in protection of Cows . UP Cabinet passed an Ordinance to protect cows from being slaughtered.This draft ordinance provides a rigorous punishment upto 10 years jail and a fine upto 5 lakhs for cow slaughter.
For the first offence the person will be given upto 7 years of jail and a fine upto 3 lakhs. On second offence the person will be sentenced to 10 years of rigorous jail and a fine upto 10 lakhs.
Due to few loopholes in existing law (Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955) accused are finding easy ways to escape from severe punishments and are repeating the offence. To control this UP government introduced this new Ordinance which will make repeated offence as more severe than earlier.If caught while transporting the cow meat the driver will also be punished severely as per the new Ordinance.
To spread awareness about the new Ordinance UP government is sticking posters in public places and conducting awareness programs. Sources say BJP government is considering to introduce this ordinance nationwide.
Key Points of Ordinance:
First offence: Offender can be given a rigorous punishment of one to seven years with a fine ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.
Second offence: Offender can be given a 10-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine up to Rs 5 lakh.
Illegal Transportation: In case of illegal transportation of cows and other bovines, the driver, operator and the owner of the vehicle shall be charged under the new Act. This has amended the Section 5 of UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.
- The expenditure incurred on the maintenance of the captured cows will be recovered from the owner of the vehicle for a period of one year or until the cow or bovine is released, whichever is earlier.
Physical damage or mutilation of bovines: If someone puts the life of a cow in danger by not providing food and water with the intention of endangering its life, 1-year rigorous imprisonment may be awarded, which may extend to 7 years for the first offence. Additionally, a fine of Rs 1 lakh may be imposed, which may be extended to Rs 3 lakh.