In order to protect cows and prevent their slaughter, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government approved a draft ordinance titled “Cow Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020” by amending the Uttar Pradesh cow slaughter act, 1955.
- This proposed law provides a maximum rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and a fine up to Rs 5 lakh.
- The ordinance was cleared during a meeting held in Lucknow, UP chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath to enable the conservation and preservation of bovine animals effectively.
Key Points of Ordinance:
–First offence: Offender can be given a rigorous punishment of one to seven years with a fine ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.
–Second offence: Offender can be given a 10-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine up to Rs 5 lakh.
–Illegal Transportation: In case of illegal transportation of cows and other bovines, the driver, operator and the owner of the vehicle shall be charged under the new Act. This has amended the Section 5 of UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.
- The expenditure incurred on the maintenance of the captured cows will be recovered from the owner of the vehicle for a period of one year or until the cow or bovine is released, whichever is earlier.
–Physical damage or mutilation of bovines: If someone puts the life of a cow in danger by not providing food and water with the intention of endangering its life, 1-year rigorous imprisonment may be awarded, which may extend to 7 years for the first offence. Additionally, a fine of Rs 1 lakh may be imposed, which may be extended to Rs 3 lakh.
About Uttar Pradesh:
The Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955 was initiated in the state on January 6, 1956. The Act was amended in 1958, 1961, 1979 and 2002. The rules were amended in 1964 and 1979 for effective implementation.
State animal– Barasingha (Rucervus duvaucelii)
State Bird– Sarus crane