Jammu & Kashmir beef ban has created a divide between the ruling coalition partners in the state, with PDP saying the beef ban cannot be accepted while the Bhartiya Janata Party is insisting for strict implementation of the 150-year prohibitory rule.
The J&K government said buying and eating of beef will continue to be allowed in Jammu and Kashmir notwithstanding the order of the high court of the state for implementing a ban even as BJP said the sentiments of other religion must be respected in the more national interest without any provocation.
“No one can suppress religious freedom. If something is “halal” (allowed) in a religion, why should there be a ban on it? The Supreme Court, in its recent judgment, has also said that meat ban cannot be forced down people’s throat. You cannot do this with the religious beliefs of the people,” PDP leader Peer Mansoor said.
A political adviser to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, Mansoor, said India is known globally for its democracy and people have the right to preach their religious beliefs.
“There is no ban in other states like Uttar Pradesh. So, why ban it here? People have the right to eat what their religion permits … Even our chief minister (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) and party president can eat beef if they like to and their health permits. Why should they not eat it when it is permitted in their religion?” he said.