Make cow the national animal, increase punishment for slaughter: Rajasthan HC recommends

Marsha Scott
June 1, 2017

The Rajasthan High Court has sent a recommendation to the Centre asking it to declare cow as a National Aimal.

The judgment also said that the cow should be declared a national animal as this would make the animal a "legal entity" and allow the government to appoint persons in loco parentis for its protection.

The cows died allegedly due to lack of proper facilities in the Hingonia Gaushala. When asked why he cited the example of Nepal, a Hindu nation, in his order though India is a secular country, Justice Sharma replied, "It is not a matter related to secularism or Hindus".

In this incident, the High Court judge said that the peacock is a national bird as it does not have sex and is celibate or "Brahmachari". There are so many qualities that in my opinion the cow, from my religious faith, my heart should be declared the national animal.

While addressing the life imprisonment for cow slaughter, the Rajasthan High Court judge earlier in the day stated that cows deserve respect similar to that of parents.

"It is expected from the government that it should declare cow as national animal and for this goal the Chief Secretary and Advocate General of state are declared legal custodians of cow", the judge said in a 145-page order.

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"The Chief Minister has asked for report on Hingonia Gaushala".

In August a year ago, the Rajasthan government had said 8,122 cows have died at Hingonia Gaushala between 1 January and 31 July due to ill-health and accidental injuries.

In the last week, the central government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a notification to stop the sale of cows in the market for slaughtering.

Alwar Lynching case: Cattle Trader Pehlu Khan attacked by mobsters. Referring to the slaughtering of a calf in Kerala's Kannur district by Youth Congress activists, he said, "We are seeing a new frenzy on part of some people to put the cow in danger".

Rajasthan is the state where a Muslim man named Pehlu Khan was killed by "gau rakshaks" - self-styled cow vigilantes who act in the name of cow protection - while ferrying cattle along with some acquaintances.

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