IOK High Court nullifies order on beef ban

Srinagar, October 17, 2015 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court has set aside an order passed by a division bench at Jammu ordering implementation of ban on bovine slaughter and sale of beef in the territory. A special three-member bench of the court disposed off two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) – one seeking ban on bovine slaughter and calling for scrapping of various sections of Ranbir Penal Code that criminalize bovine slaughter in the territory.

The bench comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the authorities to ensure that no inter-religion conflict takes place amongst the people of the territory.

The bench was formed on the directives of Indian Supreme Court to resolve the issue of ban on beef after Division Benches of the court– one in Srinagar and another in Jammu – gave conflicting orders. It is to mention here that a Jammu division bench comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal on September 8 in its verdict ordered ban on slaughter of bovine and sale of beef. The court ruling had evoked strong reaction from Muslims in occupied Kashmir. They expressed their resentment by slaughtering bovine in large numbers before and during Eid-ul-Azha.

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