Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that a stringent legislation against cow slaughter in the country can be a possibility.
The announcement came after a Jain community gathering at Dussera Maidan stressed on banning cow slaughter in the country.
The home minster spoke on the issue and assured the community that a stringent law in this regard would soon be formulated.
He said, “l will speak to all the political parties and try to bring about a consensus among everyone towards banning cow slaughter.”
Singh said, “Our government is committed towards imposing ban on cow slaughter and recently the Maharashtra Animal Preservation bill (which was pending for more than 12 years) also got the presidential assent.”
However, he admitted that it won’t be easy to pass the bill as BJP lacks majority in the upper house of the parliament.
Singh said, “In 2003, as the agricultural minister, I had introduced a bill in the parliament to ban cow slaughter but the legislation was defeated by members of the opposition parties.”
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “We have tough laws against cow slaughter in state. Transportation, storage and sale of cow have been a punishable offence in the state.”
The ban on cow slaughter was first introduced in 2004 in the state and later in 2010 the act was amended it was made a punishable offence.
The Jain community also pressed the home minister to slash subsidies given by the government to the slaughter houses and on export of beef from country.
Describing Jainism as the “gem” of Indian culture, Rajnath Singh said, “The entire world is affected by the scourge of terrorism, origin of which lies in the mentality of violence. And this mentality can be fought with the teachings of Jainism.”
Citing CERN’s 2012 experiment on God Particle, Singh said it proved how scientists now have started to believe in Jainism’s ancient theory according to which the world was created from a basic particle called ‘Pudgal’.