Mutton market muted ahead of festival in Mysore

Sweet and savoury stalls do extra time to meet the surging demand, and meat stalls stock up extra livestock. With Shab E Qadr being celebrated on Saturday, the mutton market, which should have witnessed a lot of activity, has fallen silent. Reason: slaughter houses are protesting against the increase in slaughtering charges from Rs seven to Rs 20, by Mysore City Corporation.

Shab E Qadr, which is celebrated on 27th day of Ramzan, is a joyous occasion for many since it celebrates spirit of the festival. While fasting and praying and abstaining from all luxuries are said to be cardinal aspects of Ramzan, Shab E Qadr is about feeding the poor as part of the festival. Usually Shab E Qadr is celebrated on 27th day of Ramzan, and ahead of that is Eid-Ul-Fitr, marking the feast and end of fasting period.

Mass feeding of two Ramzan meals (one after sundown and one before break of dawn), especially for the poor is hosted by organisations, associations, groups and even families. And, meat is an essential part of these meals.

The recent order by Mysore City Corporation, to increase slaughtering charges by a good Rs 13, it has meant a huge blow to those running slaughter houses.

“With cost of mutton touching Rs 260 per kilo, we are unable to meet the expenses involved in this business. And, now, with MCC increasing the charges nearly three times from what we paid earlier, it has come as a shock to us,” said a seller at mutton market. Mutton market wore a deserted look on Friday though Shab E Qadr was a few hours away.

Most of the butchers sat on the huge wooden logs, soaking up the sun and speaking on their cell phones, as against the brisk activity they would have engaged in cutting and packing the meat, after ensuring the seal was in place.

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