In Gujarat, life term for cow slaughter

In Gujarat, life term for cow slaughter
The Gujarat Assembly on Friday passed the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, 2017, introducing life term for those found guilty of cow slaughter or being directly involved with cow slaughter. With the passing of the amendment bill, Gujarat becomes the first state in the country to have such a law against cow slaughter.

The bill also has provisions for financial penalty between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh for such a crime. “If anyone is found to illegally keep or transport a cow, the new act has provision for up to 10 years’ imprisonment and minimum of 7 years in jail and with a fine which shall not be less than Rs 1 lakh,” Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja said.

The bill also includes permanent seizure of the vehicles used for the transportation of animals for slaughter. “Till date the provision was to withhold such vehicles for six months, but now the provisions include forfeiture,” Jadeja said.

The minister said the state government will strictly implement the new law. “Earlier, it was a bailable offence and legal provisions were mild. This did not act as a deterrent for those committing the crime,” he said.

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