Prayagraj: Cow is part and parcel of the culture of India and should be declared national animal, the Allahabad High Court observed on Wednesday while denying bail to one Javed who was charged for offences under the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act in Uttar Pradesh. Javed was charged under Sections 3, 5 and 8 of the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act.
Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav said that government should bring a bill in the Parliament to include cow within the scope of fundamental rights under Part-III of the Constitution and strict laws should be made to punish those who talk about harming cows.
“The work of cow protection is not only of one religious sect, but cow is the culture of India and the work of saving the culture is of every citizen living in the country irrespective of religion,” the Court said.
Declare the cow as the national animal and make strict laws against those who talk about harming the cow, the judge added.
“Jab gaaye ka kalyaan hoga, tabhi desh ka kalyaan hoga (only if cow is revered, country will prosper).”
While denying bail to the applicant, the Court remarked that India is the only country in the whole world where people of different religions live, who may worship differently but their thinking is the same for the country.
“In such a situation, when everyone takes a step forward to unite India and support its faith, then some people whose faith and belief are not at all in the interest of the country, they only weaken the country by talking like this in the country. In view of the above circumstances, prima facie offense is proved to be committed against the applicant,” the Court said.
The Court proceeded to deny bail to Javed stating that if bail is granted, then it might ‘disturb’ the harmony of the society at large.
“This is not the first offense of the applicant, even before this he has committed cow slaughter, which has disturbed the harmony of the society and if released on bail, he will again do the same work which will spoil the harmony in the society. This bail application of the above applicants is baseless and deserves to be rejected. Accordingly, the above bail applications are rejected,”
The Court also took a dim view of the functioning of gaushalas across the State stating that it is very sad to see that those who talk about cow protection and promotion, become cow eaters.
“The government also gets the gaushalas constructed, but the people who have to take care of the cow do not take care of the cows. Similarly, the private gau-shalas have also become a mere sham today in which people take donations from the public and help from the government in the name of cow promotion, but spend it for their own interest and do not care of cow.”