Surprisingly, a judgment by Hyderabad HC came into notice of backdated 1st March all of a sudden. The matter was related to ‘Cow Slaughtering’ topic which has been grabbing the headlines, especially from past few weeks.
Although, the matter didn’t get more attention in media, as compared to other similar kind of matters got. In fact, the directions which were passed in the order is very much same of which was passed by Raj HC, on which a lot of buzz was created in Media. The order which was passed by HC judge B Siva Sankara Rao waxes lyrical and evangelizes while describing the significance of cow. During mentioning the benefits of the cow, he also compared it with the mother and God, and termed it as “sacred national wealth”.
However, the matter came to the HC as an appeal by the Cattle trader who wanted to get his 63 cows and 2 bulls back into his custody. Earlier, his cattle were taken into custody by Police, as according to the information obtained the cows were under the possession of appellant to be slaughtered during the Bakrid festival as a sacrifice. On the basis of that Police filed a prima facie of the case and under Sections 5, 6 and 10 of Prohibition of Cows Slaughter and Animal Preservation Act II of 1977 and 11 (1)(b) of Prohibition of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Subsequently, Judicial First Class Magistrate-cum-Special Mobile Magistrate of Nalgonda ordered to hand over the cattle into the custody of Gaushala. This led him to the appeal the matter to the High Court of Hyderabad.
The Hyderabad HC dismissed the plea of cattle trader and cited the ruling of SC, which denied the violation of the fundamental right of Muslims for to not let them slaughter Cow on Bakrid or otherwise. Further, the court directed that and quoted, “it is not a part of religious requirement for a Muslim that a cow must be necessarily sacrificed for earning religious merit on Bakrid,” Further to put across the legacy of worshipping cow in our sub-continent he cited many references from various Indian scriptures like the Upanishads, Vedas and Puranas, and said: “In this country the Bharat, for those in belief who represent a majority of population, cow is a substitute to mother, who is a substitute to God. The cow, in particular, acquires a special sanctity and was called ‘Aghnya’ (not to be slain). Thus, the cow is a sacred national wealth.”
“Cows are equivalent to our mothers, for, when the mother’s milk has dried up, the cow gives her milk unselfishly to nourish and strengthen us. How can one who has ever drunk cow’s milk justify the killing and eating of such a mother as the sacred cow,” he said. The court didn’t end his order here, more significantly commenting on the large scale of cow slaughtering and promotion of beef happening pan India, it observed that “We will end our treatise now as we do not want this discourse to be to voluminous.”
With this, The judge also directed to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana government to make the offense of Cow Slaughtering as Cognisable and non-bailable by making an amendment of provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and IPC section 429.