THE VISHWA Hindu Parishad has demanded of the State Government to impose a total ban on sow slaughter. Addressing a press conference at the outfit’s local office on Saturday, VHP regional joint secretary Kanti Bhai Patel made the demand in view of the recent cow slaughter incident at Multanpura in Mandsaur district where nearly 400 animals were butchered and their remains unceremoniously dumped in pits dug in illegal quarries.
Killing of so many cows could not have been done individually and was an instance of organised crime, he said. He alleged that the nefarious operation began from Bakrid when traditionally animals are slaughtered for sacrifice.
‘‘Cows are considered sacred creatures in India. The ordinary Hindu treats a cow as mother. Butchering of cows considered holy is a direct assault on Hindu belief,’’ he said.
Legislation for completely banning cow slaughter in the State is pending approval of the Governor. He demanded that it be passed as an Act translating into law at the earliest. He warned that if there is any repeat of such an incident, the Parishad would take to the streets and there could be a serious backlash.