NEW DELHI: Eight months after the Haryana State Assembly passed a bill against cow slaughter and the sale of beef, it has finally got the assent of the president. The law passed by the Assembly and approved by the Indian president carries a ten-years jail term for the offenders.
The state assembly which has passed the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill 2015 on March 16th, doubled the punishment from five years to ten years for those who found guilty of cow slaughtering.
Haryana’s minister for Animal Husbandry said, “we have received the permission of the President of India over the implementation of the new law. The law will soon be implemented with strict rules and regulations”.
The Anti-beef bill draft proposed by the BJP led government in Haryana also laid a provision of Rs. 1 lakh fine on the cow slaughterer apart from a rigorous jail term. The state government will draft rules for the implementation of the new law after an official notification.
In the bill, the Haryana Government had also proposed a ban over the sale of packaged beef. Earlier, Packaged beef was not banned in Haryana. With the implementation of the new law, offenders will attract a fine of Rs 50000 along with a rigorous punishment.
Haryana’s Anti-beef law is more stringent than the Maharashtra Government’s anti-beef law. The BJP-led Maharashtra Government imposed a five years jail term over the offenders, unlike Haryana,the ToI reported.