In a new twist in the case where the Supreme Court is contemplating measures to end violence by ‘cow vigilantes’, two Muslim ‘gau rakshaks’ have filed a petition calling lynchings an attempt to malign real cow protectors. Banning cow vigilantes will disrupt the work being undertaken by them to curb illegal cow smuggling and meat trade.

Urging the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak, to not impose a blanket ban on cow vigilantism, Mohammad Faiz Khan from Raipur and Israr Ullah from Allahabad said activists across the country working within the framework of the law for the protection of cows and calves and everyone should not be painted with the same brush.

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Pointing out that ‘cow vigilantism’ was a legal act, Dave said Article 48 of the Constitution prohibited the slaughter, of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.

Such a vigil was also essential for proper implementation of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rules, she said.

They also claimed, “The incidents of violence perpetrated by the meat mafias are in larger number compared to the incidents of mob violence disclosed in the petition seeking action against cow vigilantes.”

“The silence of the present writ petition on these instances ominously condescends the lives of innocent villagers, brave BSF officers and police personnel and compassionate civil society members who have suffered fatal injuries, mental trauma, and death at the hands of an armed meat mafia which practices brutality indiscriminately against animals and humans,” the claim added.

“We want to disclose hundreds of such FIRs and more than 800 incidents of such violations by the animal smugglers before this Hon’ble Court. So many BSF personnel, police officers, women, child and innocent animal right activists were attacked and killed”, they further claimed.

“The right of civil society members and statutory societies registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 cannot be curtailed which is working against the meat mafia and cattle smugglers within the confines of law and under the spirit of Constitution of India,” they said.

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