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Apex Court asks Centre to file response on its Ban on Cattle Slaughtering Notification

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Centre's notification to ban on sale and purchase of cattle.
The Centre had put a ban on the purchase and sale of bovine animals from animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering on May 26. VOA
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  • The court of justice has asked the Centre to file its response giving it the period of 15 days
  • Centre had put a ban on the purchase and sale of bovine animals from animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering on May 26
  • The Supreme Court has fixed the next date of hearing for the case on July 11

New Delhi, Jun 15, 2017: A vacation bench in the Supreme Court comprising Justices R K Agrawal and S K Kaul has issued a notice to the Centre on Thursday to file response on its pleas. The Centre had put a ban on the purchase and sale of bovine animals from animal markets for the purpose of slaughtering on May 26.

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the ban was initiated through an Environment Ministry notification- ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017’.

The court of justice has asked the Centre to file its response giving it the period of 15 days on two separate petitions challenging that notification and has fixed the next date of hearing for the case on July 11.

According to the PTI, an additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha was assigned by the Centre who appeared in the court on its behalf and told the court about the intentions of presenting the notification. The notification was bought with a sight to introduce a regulatory establishment on cattle trade across India. He also informed the law guardians that interim stay has been recently granted on the notice by the Madras High Court.

There was a claim by one of the petitioners who challenged the notification calling it as unconstitutional. The notification has offended the basic fundamental rights which include the freedom to religion, freedom to conscience and the right to livelihood.

– prepared by Himanshi Goyal of Newsgram, Twitter: @himanshi1104

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture
Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali