Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti while breaking the ruling party’s silence on the beef ban, said the decision of the high court division bench will not change the government’s policy on the sale of beef in J&K.
“The government has not used any force to implement the ban and there won’t be any major change in the government policy vis-à-vis slaughtering of bovine animals and sale of beef,” she said.
According to local news agency KNS, Mehbooba said, “The ban on beef has not only been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir but is in force in three other states of the country as well. However, wherever the ban was imposed, authorities were forced to revoke it and allow the practice of slaughtering of bovine animals and sale of beef as usual.”
Since 1947, stating that slaughtering of bovine animals and the ban on beef is in force as the act is prohibited under Section 298 A&B of the Jammu and Kashmir draft, he said even the largest political parties who had two-thirds majority in election never cared to change the law banning sale of beef in J&K.
A BJP leader meanwhile from south Kashmir said he would organize a beef party to send across a message of religious tolerance.
“I have decided to organize a party for both Hindus and Muslims. The Muslims will be served beef and the Hindus, an exclusively vegetarian meal. They will share a table and it will send a message of brotherhood and religious tolerance,” Khurshid Ahmad Malik, said.