New anti-cow slaughter law comes into effect in Karnataka

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January 18, 2021

Mangaluru, Jan 18: The anti-cow slaughter ordinance came into effect in Karnataka on Monday, with provisions of up to seven years in jail and (or) a fine of up to Rs 10 lac for those 'illegally' involved in cow slaughtering, smuggling or selling of beef in the state.

Chief minister Yediyurappa who is in Udupi set the law in motion on Monday realizing the dream of Mahatma Gandhi. "Mahatma Gandhi wanted to place a ban cow slaughter soon after independence," the CM said.

“The law will be in force from Monday, January 18. It is a historic decision. Slaughter of cattle will not be permitted for whatsoever reason in the state after this. The ban is imposed as per the desire of people in the state. We have set in motion the law after offering pooja to the cow in Udupi. We request people to cooperate with regard to the law,” he added.

The newly amended law bans transportation of cattle within Karnataka or to other states. The transportation is allowed only with due permission from the competent authority and against the payment of fee if the purpose is to use cattle only for the agricultural or animal husbandry activities.

The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020, which envisages a ban on all forms of cattle slaughter and stringent punishment for offenders, is a revised version of a Bill that was passed in 2010 when the BJP was in power.

Subsequently, in 2013, Congress came to power and the BJP's 2010 contentious Bill was shelved. The Congress had reverted to the less stringent Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Animals Act, 1964, which allows cow slaughter with certain restrictions.

While the 1964 law banned the killing of "any cow or calf of she-buffalo", it allowed the slaughter of bullock, buffalo-male or female if it was certified by a competent authority to be above the age of 12 years or incapacitated for breeding or deemed sick.

Due to lack of majority in the Upper House, the ruling BJP was unable to move this Bill there and decided to take an Ordinance route and promulgated the Ordinance on December 28.

After the state Cabinet passed it, the Ordinance was sent for the approval of the Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala. The Ordinance was formally approved on January 5 and it is coming into effect in the state from Monday onwards.

According to the order, three to seven years imprisonment and a fine starting from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh can be imposed under this law and subsequent repeat offences can invite fines up to Rs 10 lakh.

The amended Act states that the slaughter of cows and calves are not allowed while the slaughter of buffaloes above 13 years is allowed.

The Act, however, is ambiguous on the part of the consumption of beef, as it does not specify or prohibit the consumption of beef.

The Act states that slaughtering of buffalo above the age of 13 years, cattle that suffer from an incurable disease, and for experimental or research purposes by recognised institutes is allowed.

Karnataka Law Minister J. C. Madhuswamy said: "When the slaughter of buffalo above 13 years is allowed, how can we close down Cattle slaughterhouse in the state or be a complete ban on the beef ban?"

"Illegal selling, transportation or culling of cows has been made punishable. If a cow has contracted a disease, which can spread to other cattle, then it can be culled or slaughtered," the Act said.

The amended Act has a provision to set up special courts for the speedy trial of the accused. It also makes provision for setting up Goshala or cattle-sheds for the protection of livestock.

Police have been given powers to conduct checking and most importantly the law also gives protection to those who protect this livestock.

The Act also allows a competent authority to monitor atrocities on cattle, receive complaints as well as to issue permits to the transportation of cattle.

Karnataka in its order said that the Act is aimed to provide comprehensive legislation for the prevention of slaughter and preservation of cattle in the state.

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February 20,2021

Raichur, Feb 20: A 60-year-old man was burnt alive in a road accident when a car in which he was travailing caught fire after colliding with a roadside tree near Kalamal village of Raichur taluk on Saturday.

According to the police, the deceased was identified as Sadanandagowda Malipatil, native of Mallat village of Sirawal taluk of Raichur.

Police said that due to the impact of the accident, the central locking system of the car failed, so he could not come out to escape and was burnt alive along with the vehicle, they said.

Raichur Rural police registered a case.

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February 17,2021

Mangaluru, Feb 17: The Mangaluru City Corporation is all set to launch a fresh drive to evict street vendors, who had encroached footpaths and roads.

The drive against unauthorised street vendors obstructing the movement of vehicles and pedestrians in Mangaluru and Surathkal will be launched within two days, according to Mayor Diwakar and MCC Commissioner Akshy Sridhar. 

The said that special squads with officials drawn from health department and police will be set up for the purpose. “The teams will conduct the drive at regular intervals,” the duo said during a special meeting convened to discuss traffic woes.

Corporators alleged that the vendors by encroaching footpaths were causing a lot inconveniences to pedestrians.

The Commissioner said that a joint survey will be taken up to identify parking and no parking zones in the city limits.

There are 56 non parking zones in the city. An advisory committee was constituted to scientifically study these zones and submit a report. Based on the report, a final notification will be issued.  The works of installing sign boards and laying humps were taken up after conducting a joint survey involving officials from the MCC and the police, he added.

The MCC will consult experts from NITK to decide on long term plans to check the traffic woes, the Mayor assured.

When corporators raised the issue of vehicles parked beside the roads, DCP Vinay Gaonkar said that seized vehicles can be disposed of only after a court order.

Police had written to deputy commissioner on disposing the abandoned vehicles left on roads after getting them verified through RTO. The number of two-wheelers and four-wheelers had increased after the lockdown, thus leading to traffic congestion, he added.

Corporators charged that city buses were curtailing services to Faisalnagara, Bajal, Veeranagara, Maroli, Kodikal, Mugrodi and other interior areas causing problems to passengers.

Without proper bus facilities, people are forced to shell out money by travelling in autorickshaws.

Corporators also demanded the removal of unscientific humps in different wards. The towing of vehicles should be stopped until the works initiated under different projects were completed in the city. Mayor responded and announced that vehicles will not be towed away in areas where smart city works are underway. 

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February 20,2021

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Kalaburgi, Feb 20: Accusing former Karnataka Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy of destroying their respective political parties, the Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister KS Eshwarappa on Saturday slammed both the former chief ministers for their remarks over Ram temple donation.

"One Siddaramaiah is enough to destroy the Congress party. Similarly, HD Kumaraswamy is destroying his party (JD-S). Even the poor are giving Rs 10 each (for Ram temple) out of devotion. Siddaramaiah says that it is disputed land, so he will not contribute," Eshwarappa said while speaking to ANI.

This comes after Siddaramaiah, earlier in the day, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing with the emotions of the people in the name of God, and demanded Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust to give accounts of donations collected to construct Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

Before this, Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had targeted Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) saying that there is no transparency in Ram Temple donations.

Comparing senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah to extremist Islamic organisation, Eshwarappa said, "Popular Front of India (PFI) tells people to not contribute (for Ram Temple) as it is disputed land, Siddaramaiah says the same. They have the same opinion. There is no difference between Siddaramaiah and PFI."

The remarks come in the backdrop of Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai's statement on Friday that a case has been filed against Anis Ahmed, general secretary of PFI, after he allegedly asked Muslims not to offer donations for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

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