Indian police seek cow ‘mugshots’ to enforce beef ban

Updated 01 April 2015

Indian police seek cow ‘mugshots’ to enforce beef ban

MUMBAI: Police in a west Indian township have asked cattle owners to supply photographs of their animals to help enforce the state’s tough new ban on beef, an officer said Wednesday.
Nearly 100 farmers and other owners in Malegaon have so far complied with the request for mugshots along with a dossier on the cows, said Sunil Kadasne, additional superintendent of police.
“After the new law, commercial slaughter has largely stopped but this program will help us to stop all killing by helping trace any animal thefts faster,” Kadasne told AFP.
The Maharashtra state government introduced a tough ban in March on killing and selling cows, while even possession of beef could land you in jail for five years.
Cows in Hindu-majority India are considered sacred and several other states also ban their slaughter.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh told spiritual leaders on the weekend that his Hindu nationalist government would try its “level best” to introduce a nation-wide ban through consensus.
Kadasne said the request for information on cows, which includes supplying purchase records and reasons for ownership, were also aimed at defusing possible tensions between Muslims and Hindus in the area, which has a history of communal violence.
“Once we get most of the cattle recorded, it will be easy to squash complaints looking to create communal mischief,” Kadasne said.
Malegaon is about 270 kilometers (170 miles) northeast of state capital Mumbai.
Last month, northern Haryana state also toughened its beef ban, including jail terms for selling cow meat.


Protests in New Delhi against India’s citizenship law ahead of Trump visit

Updated 23 February 2020

Protests in New Delhi against India’s citizenship law ahead of Trump visit

  • Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it
  • The protest comes just a day before US President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit to India

NEW DELHI: Police used tear gas to disperse large crowds in India’s capital of New Delhi on Sunday in the latest eruption of violence at protests over a new citizenship law, police officials said.
Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with the two groups pelting each other with stones in the Maujpur area in the northeastern part of the city, according to television footage.
“There must be some miscreants who want to spoil the peace in the area. We will identify them and take action against them,” Alok Kumar, a senior Delhi police official, told reporters about the protest.
“The situation is under control now,” he added.
The protest comes just a day before US President Donald Trump begins a two-day visit to India, where he is expected to raise the issue of religious freedom in the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which eases the path for non-Muslims from neighboring Muslim-majority nations to gain citizenship, has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests against Modi’s government.
The Indian law is seen by opponents as discriminating against Muslims and has deepened concerns that Modi’s administration is undermining India’s secular traditions.
Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party denies any bias against the country’s 180 million Muslims.
On Sunday, a separate protest also erupted in the northern Indian city of Aligarh, where protesters threw stones at the police, state administration official Chandra Bhushan Singh said.
The Internet in the area had been suspended until midnight, he added.