Life sentence for slaughtering cows in Gujarat
Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India.
India prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday (31) increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal. Under the stiffened penalties passed by Gujarat’s state assembly, anyone caught transporting cows for slaughter could also face up to 10 years in jail. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and their slaughter is illegal in most states. “A cow is not an animal. It is symbol of universal life,” Gujarat law minister Pradipsinh Jadeja told the state’s assembly. “Anybody who does not spare…
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