Home Minister V.S. Acharya defended the new cattle Bill saving that this bill is to protect and preserve the cattle of Karnataka." />
Mangalore Macrh 20: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said that the anti-cow slaughter Bill was in consonance with the Constitution. While the animal rights activists have always backed the ban on cow slaughter, there are other sections of the society which oppose it as it is seen as an Hindu imposition in a country that boasts of its multi-religious and multi-cultural society.
Dr. Acharya said that the slaughter of cows was affecting the sentiments of a large number of people and led to unsavoury incidents.
Cow Slaughter Ban Bill Passed in Karnataka Assembly
Bangalore, March 20 (PTI) : Amid uproarious scenes, Karnataka Assembly today passed the controversial cow slaughter ban Bill, which provides for stringent punishment for violaters and makes the offence cognisable and non-bailable.
After more than a four-hour debate, the Bill was passed by voice-vote as the entire opposition -- Congress and JDS -- trooped into the well of the House and shouted anti-government slogans, branding the BJP government "communal".
Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, who termed the legislation "draconian", "anti-secular" and "unconstitutional" tore a copy of the the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010 -- and threw it in the air.
Earlier, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa defended the Bill, saying it was aimed at protecting cows and preserve cattle in Karnataka. A number of states, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir, already had similar legislation, he added.