On January 27, the Supreme Court of India rejected a petition seeking nation-wide ban on Holy Cow slaughter, a measure that would have effectively banned beef consumption in a nation of 1.25 billion.
“One state may ban slaughter, the other may not,” the court said in rejecting the petition.
The slaughter of cow and its progeny is banned in 20 of the 29 Indian states; the consumption of their meat is also largely prohibited even though the great majority its minorities; Dalit Hindus (220 million), Muslims (160 million), Christian (28 million), Sikh (27 million), and Animists consume beef on daily basis.
Kerala, West Bengal, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir – permit slaughter of cow and serving of beef in restaurants.
Hindu religious scriptures such as Satapatha Brahmana confirm that Hindus did sacrify and consumed cow meat before the arrival of Muslims in the Indian sub-continent.
Sanjeev Nayyar in an article, entitled, The Truth about cow slaughter in India, debunks Hindutva claim that Muslims are the evils behind disrespect to Hindu Holy Cow. His study is based on 1) book by Gandhian Dharampal’s book, The British Origin of Cow-slaughter in India, 2) if slaughter of cow is sanctioned in Islamic scriptures since willy-nilly Muslims have been cast as villains in the piece, and 3) the environmental impact of beef consumption.
Imagine how the Jewish Lobby would jump from roof – if Iran ever bans its Christian (1.5 million), and Jews (30,000) to slaughter or consume pig meat – the only animal described non-kosher in Holy Qur’an.