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On 9th June, in the cabinet meeting of Uttar Pradesh Government chaired by Chief Minister Mr. Yogi Adityanath, the draft of Cow-Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 has been approved. The meeting was held at Chief Minister’s office.

In the draft of Cow-Slaughter Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, maximum rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and a fine up to Rs. 5 lakh is provided. A person can be given a rigorous punishment of one to seven years with a fine ranging from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh for the first-time offence and 10-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine up to Rs. 5 lakh, for the second time.

Thereafter, it says that for the illegal transportation of cows or bovines, the driver and the owner of the vehicle will be charged under the new Act, unless proven that the transportation was done without the owner’s knowledge by someone else for committing the crime. Also, for the maintenance incurred on the captured cows, the expenditure will be recovered from the owner of the vehicle for a period of one year or until the cow or bovine is released, whichever is earlier. The provisions for punishment if there is a danger to their lives through physical damage or mutilation is also included.

It was mentioned that one-year rigorous imprisonment will be awarded, which may extend to seven years for the first offence and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh will be imposed, which may be extended to Rs. 3 lakh if someone puts the life of a cow in danger by not providing food and water with the intention of endangering its life.

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India Legal Bureau

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