Cow should be made national animal, its protection Hindus’ fundamental right: HC | India News

PRAYAGRAJ: Observing that the cow should be declared the national animal and its protection be made a fundamental right of the Hindus because when the country’s culture and its faith get hurt, the country becomes weak, the Allahabad high court on Wednesday denied bail to a man accused of cow slaughter.
Denying bail to Javed of UP’s Sambhal district, Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav in his 12-page judgement noted that the applicant had, after committing theft of the cow, killed it, beheaded it and also kept its meat.
“This is not the first offence of the applicant. Earlier also, he had committed cow slaughter which had disturbed the harmony of the society,” the court said as it found that if the applicant was released on bail, he would again commit the same offence which will vitiate the environment of the society.
Rejecting the bail application, the court further observed, “Fundamental right is not only the prerogative of beef eaters. Rather, those who worship the cow and are financially dependent on them also have the right to lead a purposeful life. The right to life is above the right to kill and the right to eat beef can never be considered a fundamental right.”
The court said, “The government will also have to bring a bill in Parliament and declare cows the national animal and make strict laws against those who talk about harming them. Laws should come for those also who talk about cow protection by making cowsheds, etc., but have nothing to do with cow protection. Their only aim is to earn money in the name of cow protection.”
“Cow protection and promotion are not about any one religion, but cow is the culture of India and the work of saving the culture is of every citizen living in the country, irrespective of religion or worship,” the court added.
“There are hundreds of examples in our country that whenever we forgot our ‘sanskriti’ (culture), the foreigners attacked us and made us slaves. Even today if we do not wake up, then we should not forget the autocratic Taliban invasion and occupation of Afghanistan,” the court observed.
“India is the only country in the world where people of different religions live, who may worship differently, but their thinking is the same for the country and they respect each others’ religions. They respect the customs and food habits. In such a situation, when everyone takes a step forward to unite India and support its faith, then some people who have no faith in the interest of the country, commit such acts to weaken it,” the court further added.
Stressing the significance attached to the cow, the court said, “It is not that only Hindus have understood the importance of cows, Muslim rulers have also considered the cow an important part of India’s culture during their reign. Babur, Humayun and Akbar had banned cow slaughter in their religious festivals. Mysure’s ruler Hyder Ali had made cow slaughter a cognisable offence. Three members of the cow protection committee set up by the UP government in 1953 were Muslims and committed to total ban on cow slaughter.”


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