The Holy Cow and the Constitution - Legal Notes by Arvind Datar

Bar & Bench April 17 2017

Recently, Gujarat amended its Gujarat Animal Preservation Act, 1954 to prescribe life imprisonment for those found guilty of slaughtering cows, calves, bulls and bullocks.

Interestingly, during the Constituent Assembly Debates, Pandit Thakur Dass Bhargava cited Mahatma Gandhi, in whose opinion, cow slaughter and manslaughter were two sides of the same coin (CAD November 24, 1948). Indeed, the amendment brought forth by the Gujarat government is a true reflection of Mr. Gandhi’s opinion in letters.

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