By NewsGram Staff-Writer
Mumbai: The ban on meat on the occasion of an important Jain festival caused huge protests in Mumbai on Thursday.
Paryushan is an 8-day long Jain festival wherein the Jains practice austerity, fasting, and forgiveness. The festival starts from September 11 and ends on September 18.
Earlier in the week, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had imposed a ban on the sale of meat for four days- September 10, 13, 17 and 18. Similarly, Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation in Thane has imposed a complete ban for all 8 days.
Protesting against this, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena on Thursday sold chicken and fish in the Dadar suburb area.
Speaking to media persons, MNS leader and corporator Sandeep Deshpande said: “We challenge the authorities to take action against us… This meat ban is unjustified, violates our fundamental rights, and intended to appease a particular community against the wishes of the huge majority.”
The police detained a dozen protesters and removed the temporary stalls. Though the ban is being enforced almost every year since 1964, this is the first time Mumbai is witnessing street protests against the ban.
The Bombay Mutton Dealers Association (BMDA) has filed a public suit against the ban. Terming the ban “not feasible” in a metropolitan city like Mumbai, a bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohta has directed the civic and state authorities to file affidavits on the issue. The matter will be taken up for the hearing on Friday.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan has enforced the ban quietly without any protest from the public. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also upheld the 150-year-old ban on beef in the state.
(With inputs from IANS)