Law against cow slaughter in UP being misused: Allahabad High Court
Prayagraj/IBNS: The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed concerns over "repeated misuse" of the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act in Uttar Pradesh and its implications on innocent persons.
The court made the remarks while granting bail to a man jailed over cow-killing allegations.
The Allahabad High Court observed that in a number of cases meat found by the authorities was presented as cow meat (beef) without getting analysed by experts.
"Whenever any meat is recovered, it is normally shown as cow meat (beef) without getting it examined or analysed by the Forensic Laboratory. In most of the cases, the meat is not sent for analysis. Accused persons continue in jail for an offence that may not have been committed at all," the court said while hearing the bail application of a man called Rahmuddin, who has been in jail since Aug 5 on cow slaughter charges.
It raised questions on how cows were treated by their owners, pointing out many were often left to fend for themselves and wander the roads.
"Owners of cows after milking, leave the cows to roam on roads, to drink drainage/sewer water and eat garbage, polythene, etc. Cows on the road are menace to traffic... cannot be transported... for fear of locals and police. Some way has to be found to keep them either in shelters or with owners," the court said.
The court made these remarks after being told that Rahmuddin had been in jail for over a month without any specific allegation being listed in the FIR filed by the local police against him.