After a controversial beef ban, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now banned the sale of meat in Mumbai for four days with regard to the fasting period observed by the Jain community called Paryushan.
A civic official told Hindustan Times that slaughter of animals will not be allowed in city abattoirs. Meat and poultry shops and fish markets will be shut on September 10, 13, 17 and 18.
The move follows the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation’s (MBMC) decision to ban sale of meat for eight days in the city.
However, a spokesperson of the Indian Hotels and Restaurants Association (AHAR) claimed that restaurants may serve meat.
The order has been in force since 1964, when the BMC passed a resolution directing a two-day prohibition on sale of meat in deference to the demands by Jains.
Later, in 2004, Congress-NCP government passed another resolution endorsing the two-day ban. Since then, the ban has been extended to four days.
A senior BMC official said:
“Two days are according to the 1964 BMC resolution and two on account of the state’s 2004 resolution.”
Interestingly, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena is against such a ban and intends to bring a resolution in the assembly to scrap it.
The Shiv Sena has also served notice to four of its corporators for being absent during the voting over the ban.
Terming the move as undemocratic, Congress leader Manish Tewari said:
“What to eat or not is an individual’s choice, curbing eating rights is Hitler’s style of ruling.”
But, the move was defended by BJP stating that it is about religious sentiment.
While the ban is for limited days, the move has been severely criticised. And as expected, this newest ban hasn’t gone down too well with Twitterati either.
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