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Jaipur: Hundreds of members of Jain community took out a rally here on Monday in protest against a Rajasthan High Court order declaring “Santhara”  a religious fast to death as “unconstitutional”. “We want to educate people on Santhara so we took out this march,” said Vijay Jain, a shopkeeper. “There is a need to understand that Santhara and suicide are not the same,” he added. The followers of Jainism did not open their shops and did not send their children to schools and colleges. Schools owned or run by the community were closed on Monday. Similar marches were observed in other parts of the state includinhg Kota, Banswara and Ajmer among others.

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A division bench of the high court on August 10 had declared Santhara unconstitutional as it heard a public interest litigation filed in 2006 by Nikhil Soni. “The court observed that it (Santhara) is violation of article 21 of the constitution and directed the state to stop this process. If someone practices it then FIR should be filed against the person under the Indian Penal Code’ section 309 – punishment for attempting suicide – and police to undertake investigation into it,”. He said that anyone provoking or supporting them should also be booked under IPC’s section 306, relating to abatement of suicide.

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Cow to be declared a National Animal and its killers will be sentenced to Life Imprisonment, suggests Rajasthan High Court

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The judge appointed the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Rajasthan as persons in loco parentis (custodians) for the protection and conservation of cows, VOA

Jaipur, May 31, 2017: The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday suggested that the cow should be declared a national animal and its killers be sentenced to life imprisonment.

“Keeping in mind Articles 48 and 51A (g) of the Constitution and to provide legal entity for their proper protection and conservation of cow, it is expected from the government that cow is declared a national animal,” Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma said in a 145-page order.

Describing himself as a “Shiv bkaht”, the judge, on the eve of his retirement, gave a ruling relating to the Hingonia Gaushala of Jaipur.

According to NGOs, over 500 cows had died at the Hingonia Bovine Animal Rehabilitation Centre in a span of 1-2 months in 2016 due to improper care.

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The court said India was a predominantly agriculture-based country where animal husbandry played an important role.

“It should also be kept in mind that that Hindus have got great faith in cows and Nepal, which is a Hindu nation, has declared cow a national animal,” he said.

The judge appointed the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Rajasthan as persons in loco parentis (custodians) for the protection and conservation of cows.

These officials will work for the protection and conservation of cows and to declare cow a national animal, the ruling said.

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The court said that it expected the Rajasthan government to increase to life imprisonment punishment for killing cows.

The single bench court said any person or organisation was free to approach the court with a plea in the form of a PIL to declare cow as a national animal. (IANS)

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