Now, meat shops shut in South Delhi for Navratri, mayor cites ‘sentiments’
South Delhi mayor Mukkesh Suryaan said during the nine-day festival, devotees shun even the use of onion and garlic in their diet and “the sight of meat being sold in open or near temples makes them uncomfortable”.
The BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation issued an order on Monday regarding the closure of meat shops for nine days during Navratri that is being observed from April 2 to April 11.
In a letter, South Delhi mayor Mukkesh Suryaan said the officers were being asked to take necessary steps to ensure that meat shops remained closed during the nine-day festival keeping in view the sentiments and feelings of the public. He later said fines would be imposed on violators, adding the .
“Keeping in view the sentiments and feelings of the general public, necessary directions may be issued to the officers concerned to take necessary action for the closure of meat shops during the nine-day period of the Navaratri festival extending from April 2, 2022, to April 11, 2022,” the letter said.
The civic body chief further wrote that during the nine-day festival, devotees shun even the use of onion and garlic in their diet and “the sight of meat being sold in open or near temples makes them uncomfortable”.
“Their religious belief and sentiments are also affected when they come across meat shops or when they have to bear with the foul smell of the meat on their way to offer their daily prayers to the Goddess. Moreover, some meat shops dump waste in gutters or beside the road, which the stray dogs feed on," the letter further read.
Suryaan added that it was not only unhygienic but also an appalling sight for passersby. "Such events can be restricted if the meat shops are closed down during the period of the Navratri festival in the area under the jurisdiction of South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the closing of meat shops near temples is also necessary to maintain the cleanliness in and around temples."
The move by the BJP-led civic body in the national capital came days after similar orders were issued in neighbouring Ghaziabad, in Uttar Pradesh. It was, however, revised a day later and a fresh directive issued. It said meat shops should be situated beyond a 50-m radius of religious places and no slaughter of animals should take place inside the shop. The directives also said that curtains/tinted glass should be used to ensure that meat is not visible to the public.
The Aligarh district panchayat has also ordered the closure of meat shops during Navratri.
(With agency inputs)