Bans are not a new thing for Indians. The past few months have been witness to the crazy rise in the frequency of bans.
After the ban on beef in Maharashtra and an unsuccessful attempt by the government of India to ban porn nationwide, the folks in Mumbai were worried when a call for an eight-day ban on meat was raised by the Bharatiya Janata Party recently. Thankfully, the city's municipal commissioner rejected the idea of eight days and stuck to the previous four days.
For now, Mumbai cannot sell or eat any meat for four days — September 10, 13, 17 and 18. This has to be better than the proposed eight days, right? The order by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta came days after a civic body took a similar decision in the adjoining Thane district prohibiting meat sale for eight days from September 11 to 18 when the Jain community will observe fasting period Paryushan. While sale of meat and slaughter is banned, sale of fish and eggs has been exempted from the short term ban.
However, civic officials claimed that this is not a new decision and has been in practice for last several years, PTI reported. According to an NDTV report, the slaughter and sale of meat is banned in Mumbai for two days as part of a 1994 order issued for the Jain festival of fasting, Paryushan. Four years ago, the ban was extended to four days.
The Shiv Sena, on the other hand, which has a majority in the country's richest corporation BMC, opposed the eight-day ban saying, "Many Hindus consume meat". They claimed the ban is unsupportable and alleged that the BJP was "trying to appease" some sections of the society.
|Representational image | Source: PTI/ Firstpost|
Since India seems to be on the road to become Ban-istan and Mumbai, once known for the freedom and liberty it offered, is becoming the Banistan's capital, Twitterati too decided to share their pearls of wisdom:
Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea against Bombay HC order
Holding that nothing should be thrust on a particular class, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea against a Bombay high court order staying the decision to ban sale of meat in Mumbai during Jain festival.
"There has to be the spirit of tolerance and anything should not be thrust on a particular class," the court said while noting that the high court court order seems to be elaborate and that compassion for animals need not be observed only on festivals.
A bench comprising Justices T S Thakur and Kurian Joseph, however, allowed petitioner Shree Tapagachiya Atma Kamal Labhdisuriswarji Gyanmandir Trust, a trust of minority Jains, to approach the Bombay high court with its grievances.
"We make it clear that we have not made any observations on the merits of the case. It would be open for the petitioner to approach the high court which would decide the plea within a period of six months. Petition is dismissed as withdrawn," the bench said.
At the outset, the court expressed its reluctance to stay the order of the high court, saying, "Half-a-day has already gone."
Even good teaching cannot be forced upon others and people reap what they sow said one of the judges who cited a couplet of legendary poet Kabir.
The remark came when the counsel for the petitioner said that non-violence and compassion towards animals have been a part of good teachings and observing two days ban on sale of meat is not going to harm anybody.
"Compassion towards animals does not have to be observed on festival days only," the court said.
The Bombay high court had on September 14 stayed the ban on sale of meat for Thursday in Mumbai imposed in the wake of Jain community's 'Paryushan' fasting period.
The court had, while clarifying that the stay will be limited to the Mumbai jurisdiction area, refused to interfere with the ban on slaughter of meat and closure of abattoirs.
The high court had also observed that though the Maharashtra government issued a circular in 2004 banning meat sale on two days, it was never implemented fully, adding that there has been inconsistency in the stands of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and the state government.
The HC had also queried as to why fish and eggs were excluded from the ban, saying, "If it is a question of practice of non-violence by the Jain community, then why only mutton and chicken have been included in the ban and not fish and eggs?"
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