The Allahabad High Court, on Wednesday, Sep 1, made headlines after a bench of Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav made some bold observations in a bail plea by an accused of Cow Slaughtering. The court made several observations and asked the Central Government to pass an act in the Parliament to declare Cow as a national animal. Justice Yadav also stated in his observations that cow protection must be made a fundamental right of individuals in the country.
“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,” read the statement by Allahabad High Court on Wednesday.
In his observations, Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav underscored that India is the only country to accommodate people of different religions, who worship differently but their thinking is the same for the country.
As far as the bail application by the accused is concerned, the court dismissed the bail plea by the accused identified as Javed who is understood to be a habitual offender in the matter of cow stealing & slaughtering.
The court remarked that if the bail is granted to the accused, it may disturb the harmony in the society. The single judge bench also expressed its distress over the matter of cow protection in the state. The court remarked that the government gau shalas are being constructed for cows but they are not properly taken care of. It expressed its dissatisfaction over treatment of cows in private gau shalas also where huge donations are collected in the name of cow protection but the office bearers do not utilise the funds appropriately towards cow nurturing & protection.
“Government gets gau shalas 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 the cow.” remarked UP’s top court.
The court also made a remark, as quoted by Bar and Bench portal, that the country will prosper if cows are revered highly. “Jab gaaye ka kalyaan hoga, tabhi desh ka kalyaan hoga (only if cow is revered, country will prosper)” read the remark by the single judge bench of Allahabad High Court.