The Bombay high court on Thursday stressed on the need to resolve the grievances raised by the Muslim community regarding temporary slaughterhouses during Bakra Id that begins on October 27.
The court has now directed the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of former state DGP Julio Ribeiro and others who can chalk out a plan that is modern, efficient and that does not hurt religious sentiments.
A division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice AA Sayed was hearing a PIL asking for a temporary facility for three days during the festival.
Although the facilities cannot be made available this year, the court has said that by next year the committee could examine the modalities to be adopted after taking into confidence all stakeholders and taking into consideration public health and hygiene.
After BMC counsel Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, advocate general Darius Khambata and petitioner’s lawyer RA Shaikh explained the details and process of buying the animals from Deonar market, which are later issued a fitness certificate by government doctors before slaughtering, the court felt that a far more organised way of doing it would be sensible.