No beef or mutton during Paryushan festival
- BMC passed a number of resolutions over the years regarding the Paryushan meat-ban.
- The corporation passed resolutions in 1964 and 1994 allowing for a 2-day ban on the sale of meat.
- The state government passed a separate resolution in 2004 adding 2 more days to the ban.
- Thus, it is on the BMC's "discretion to decide the number of days for banning the meat."
What is the Paryushana?
‘Paryushan Parva’ (“Paryushana”) is a 8 day fasting Jain festival and is celebrated every year during the auspicious month of ‘Bhadrapad’ (mid-August to mid-September in the Hindu calendar). It is a period of "fasting and forgiveness; a time of reflection and repentance" for Jains.
MBMC rules for 8-day ban during Jain fast
- The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) forbade the selling of meat in Mira Road and Bhayander in the northern suburbs of Mumbai for the complete 8 days of the Jain Paryushan period.
- The eight-day prohibition will include the two days provided by the state government.
- Shiv Sena's Jayantilal Patil complained that such a ban would create nothing but a communal divide.
BJP, Jains call for extension of meat ban
- Following MBMC's ruling to ban meat for 8 days, BJP leaders including Atul Bhatkhalkar, general secretary of BJP and several Jain organizations demanded the extension of the usual 2 day Paryushan ban.
- The authorities wrote to the BMC demanding an eight-day ban on the sale of meat.
- BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta will decide whether to extend the ban.
Congress leader mocks the 8 day ban
Congress's Ashraf Shaikh strongly protested against MBMC's 8 day ban saying that, next the BJP should ban the sale of liquor during the fasting month of Ramzan.
Meat ban in Mumbai for 4 Paryushan days
- Giving in to BJP legislators and Jain organisations' demands, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) banned meat in Mumbai for four days during the Jain fasting period of Paryushan.
- BJP heartily welcomed the civic body's ban on 10, 13, 17 and 18 September.
- However, the officials said that the ban will not touch the sale of fish and other seafood.
- Chicken sales too will remain unaffected.
Opposition parties lash out at BMC meat ban
- The BMC ban was slammed by Congress who called this decision as an 'anti-democratic' one.
- It blamed BMC for buckling under pressure.
- Sanjay Nirupam, former MP and president of Mumbai Congress unit said the government should not try to appease a particular religious community.
- Raj Thackeray's Navnirman Sena too hit at BJP calling it 'Bharatiya Jain Party' for the meat ban enforcement.
Sonam Kapoor speaks about the ban, gets trolled
Sonam Kapoor tweeted saying: “Our country is going to remain a 3rd world nation because of the intolerant misogynistic close minded few.” She got trolled for linking meat with misogynistic and was termed a 'bimbo'.
Meat ban reduced from 4 to 2 days
- The Maharashtra government reduced the meat ban imposed in Mumbai from 4 to 2 days.
- The BMC reduced the days after being reprimanded by the HC, which had berated the ban in "progressive" Mumbai as "regressive".
- Mumbai HC said that "We understand the sentiment part. But the purchase is an independent choice".
- The government gave in to rising protests in the city over ban.
₹3 crore worth loss to 900 meat shops
According to the Bombay Beef Association, Day 1 of the meat ban caused a loss of over ₹3 crore for the city’s 900 carabeef shops.