UP Cow Slaughter Act Being Misused Against Innocent: Allahabad HC

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The Allahabad High Court, recently, expressed concern over the misuse of the Uttar Pradesh Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955 against the ‘innocent persons’ in the state. Questioning the veracity of the evidence submitted by Uttar Pradesh (UP) police in such instances, the court headed by single-judge bench of Justice Siddharth said that, ” The Act is being used against innocent persons. Whenever any meat is recovered, it is normally shown as cow meat (beef) without getting it examined or analyzed by the Forensic Laboratory”. 
Justice Siddharth’s order came while hearing bail plea by Rahmuddin, who has been accused of cow slaughter and sale of beef under the provisions of the said Act. While granting bail to the alleged accused, the court further observed : ” Whenever cows are shown to be recovered , no proper memo is prepared and one does not know where cows go after recovery. Goshals do not accept non-milking cows or old cows and they are left to wander on roads. Similarly, owners of the cows after milking, leave the cows to roam on roads, to drink drainage/sewer water and eat garbage, polythene etc.” 
Further  the order also highlighted the emerged issues due to improper management of cows. “Whether cows are on roads or fields, their abandonment adversely affects society in a big way. Some way has to be found either to keep them in cow shelters or with owners, if the UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act is to be implemented in letter and spirit,” it stated. 
According to UP government’s data, more than half of the 139 arrests made this year under the National Security Act till August 19 have been made on the grounds of cow slaughter within the State.

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