A Muslim family in Dadri’s Razzak Colony has decided to serve chicken curry to ‘baarati’ in a marriage after it could not obtain permission from the administration to slaughter a buffalo.
“We had planned to slaughter our buffalo to prepare ‘zarda’ (a meat curry) for around 300 guests at Gulistan’s wedding on Tuesday morning, but we could not get permission because it was a holiday on Sunday and on Monday, we could not meet the officer concerned. We have decided to buy 150kg chicken from Gazipur market instead,” said Noor Mohammad, uncle of the bride.
The family said they wanted to seek permission as the area is only 10km off Bisada, where a man was lynched for allegedly slaughtering a cow.
“We did not want to hurt others’ sentiments. But, as we could not get the permission, we do not want to make it an issue and will buy chicken instead,” said Nazar Zaifi, father of the bride.
“Buffalo meat costs us Rs190 per kg but it tastes better. Chicken costs Rs140 per kg from Gaziapur. The authorities and the local police asked us to slaughter the buffalo as it is for personal use, but we decided not to do it without necessary permission,” said Noor Mohammad.
Subdivisional magistrate Dadri Amit Kumar Singh said, “The administration does not have a problem if they sacrifice an animal, as it is not prohibited. If they want to obtain the permission, it will have to be obtained from the UP government as we do not have the power.”
“It takes time to process an application of animal slaughter. However, the family is allowed to do so for religious or personal purposes without any issue,” said Mahendra Srivastava, designated officer for food safety and drug administration department (FSDA).
The FSDA said that people can serve meat but not that of animals which are prohibited under Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.
“It is illegal to slaughter a cow, bull or bullock anywhere in UP. But people can serve meat of animals which are not prohibited,” said Srivastava.