Anti-Cow Slaughter Bill Passed By Karnataka Assembly.

The Bill Is Yet To Come Before The Legislative Council. The Karnataka Assembly on Wednesday, 9 December, passed the controversial Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020. * Under the Bill, ‘cattle’ is defined as cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and male/female buffalo below the age of thirteen years. Slaughter of cattle will be a cognisable offence and will attract three to seven years of imprisonment and a fine that shall not be less than Rs 50,000, extendable up to Rs 5 lakh. *A second and subsequent offence will attract a “fine not less than Rs 1 lakh but which may extend to Rs 10 lakh along with imprisonment which may extend to seven years,” the Bill said. *A police officer of sub-inspector or higher rank, or a competent authority has the power of search and seizure, if they have “reason to believe that an offence under this Act has been committed”. After the seizure, the officer shall report it “without unreasonable delay before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate for confiscation.” The Bill also recommended constituting special courts for the purpose of speedy disposal of disputes under this Act. #AntiCow #CowSlaughterBill #Karnataka #Congress

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