Ban on cow vigilantes: SC notice to Centre & 6 states, hearing on May 3

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cowSeeking a ban on cow vigilante groups, the Supreme Court on April 7 served a notice to the Centre and states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

The SC also sought a detailed reply on the reported murder of the Muslim man in Alwar by Gau Rakshaks in three weeks. The next hearing is scheduled on May 3.

The deceased Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was allegedly beaten up by a group of cow vigilantes in Behror while transporting the animals. On top of that, Khan had He had a Jaipur Municipal Corporation receipts to transport cattle. After being beaten up badly, he succumbed on April 3 night.

During the brief hearing, the petitioner’s counsel the ground-level situation in these states was not good and the cow vigilante groups were resorting to violence there.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, representing the central government, argued that formal notices were not issued to the states on the petition after which the SC sought response from these six states.

Meanwhile, the Alwar Police arrested three persons and said they were investigating the attack and added the murder charge after Khan’s death.

The plea alleged the Gau Rakshaks committed atrocities against Dalits and minorities in the name of protection of cows and they needed to be “regulated and banned in the interest of social harmony”.

The plea also stated that 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 should be declared unconstitutional.