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21 Jul 2017

SC directs Centre, states to take action against 'cow vigilantes'

SC takes a stand against cow vigilantism

The SC has directed the Centre and states to take action against any kind of violent 'vigilant' acts by the public, especially in the name of 'gau raksha'.

The statement came during a hearing on a petition filed last October, seeking action against cow vigilantes who committed atrocities on minorities.

It has also sought response from them on the matter within four weeks.

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SC takes a stand against cow vigilantism
Petition demanded regulation and banning of cow vigilante groups

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Petition demanded regulation and banning of cow vigilante groups

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, while submitting that law and order is a state subject, assured the apex court that the government doesn't support "any kind of vigilantism by private persons".

Gujarat and Jharkhand's counsel said action has been taken against violent 'vigilantes'.

The petition said the "menace" is spreading communal disharmony. It said such groups should be regulated and banned.

It also wants certain laws to be declared unconstitutional

The petition also demanded that related clauses of the Gujarat Animal Prevention Act, 1954, the Maharashtra Animal Prevention Act, 1976, and the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, be declared "unconstitutional". These protect people acting "in good faith".

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22 Sep 2017

Cow vigilantism: SC urges states to file compliance report

The SC has asked for a compliance report from states on the matter of cow vigilantism. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh filed theirs today.

The apex court observed that all states are obligated to compensate victims of 'gau raksha' violence.

The next hearing on the case will be held on October 31.

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