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Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law (Relevant for GS prelims and GS mains paper III)

Measures introduced in the amended bill
1. The most stringent provision in the amendment Bill is awarding maximum imprisonment up to life, but not less than 10 years, to those found involved in slaughter of cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.

2. The Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, has also made cow slaughter, transportation of cow or beef and beef products a cognisable and non-bailable offence.

3. The Bill also bans transportation of animals from one place to another at night while providing for permanent confiscation of vehicles involved in the transportation of progeny of cows, beef and beef products.

4. It has also proposed a fine which “may extend to Rs. 5 lakh but shall not be less than Rs. 1 lakh” for those found guilty of cow slaughter.

What was the punishment under the law earlier?
Under the existing Gujarat Animal Preservation Act 1954, which was amended in 2011 by the then government headed by Narendra Modi, the maximum jail term for cow slaughter was seven years, but not less than three years.



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