Cow Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020

Cow Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020

 

  • The Cow Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government recently.
  • The old act provided for seven years of imprisonment and a fine of ten thousand rupees. It is also provided that it could extend up to one-half of the longest term that was provided for the offences of slaughtering, transportation and sale; the amendment provides for imprisonment of up to ten years and a fine of 5 lakhs.
  • In the new act the owner of the transportation facility can be charged under the act unless proven it was without his knowledge.
  • The driver and operator will also be charged under the act. The outlay of the bovine would be recovered from the owner of the vehicle.
  • If someone endangers the cow’s life by omitting to provide food and water with the intention of doing so, they can be imprisoned for a year with a fine of one lakh.
  • This can be extended to seven years and a fine of three lakhs for the first offence. Also, the authorities can stick up pictures of the accused if they go on the run.