government is ready to make some changes to the new rules banning
to prevent instances of
, law and parliamentary minister J C
said on Wednesday, even as two cases were registered under the newly-promulgated anti-cow slaughter law at
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance, 2020, came into effect last week. One of its provisions offers legal protection to people who “act in good faith” to prevent cow slaughter. There are concerns that this will encourage vigilantism.
After a cabinet meeting, Madhuswamy told reporters that the government was open to making changes to the law. “We have, with good intention, included a provision that empowers common people to stop those transporting cows for the purpose of slaughter. If we are convinced that it leads to vigilantism and hooliganism, we will definitely consider changing it,” he said.
The clarification came a day after the Karnataka high court observed that even farmers transporting cattle for farming could be arrested and prosecuted. The court, hearing a PIL against the law, sought the government’s response on the issue.
After reporters mentioned two recent incidents in which farmers were harassed, Madhuswamy said that there was a possibility of vigilantism. “I agree that there are such possibilities. But we will not tolerate goondaism in the name of cow protection,” he added.