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State government’s order delayed and animal slaughter permitted on the occasion of Bakr-Eid: Uttarakhand High Court

The Uttarakhand High Court delayed the state government’s decision and permitted animal slaughter on the occasion of Bakr-Eid in the case of Iftakhar and others v. State of Uttarakhand and others through a judgement delivered by Chief justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe on 7 July 2022.

FACTS OF THE CASE

The current writ case was submitted on April 17, 2021, in order to contest the State Government’s decision forbidding animal slaughter in the Haridwar district. Thus, an application had been made by the petitioner in order to be granted permission to intervene in the current case and to request a directive from the respondents to open the slaughterhouse in compliance with the law.

The petitioner stated that he lives in Mangalore Town, which is located in the Haridwar district and is roughly 45 kilometres from the town of Haridwar. Also, in Mangalore, 87 percent of people, that is, the majority of the population is Muslim.

The petitioner also contended that the celebration of Eid al-Adha (Bakar-Eid) would take place on July 10th, 2022 and the Muslim population  of Mangalore would not be able to celebrate the festival as a result of the prohibition on animal slaughter in the district of Haridwar.

JUDGEMENT

The Uttarakhand High Court delayed the state government’s decision and permitted animal slaughter in Mangalore on the occasion of Bakr-Eid, which falls on July 10, 2022.

Since Haridwar has long been revered as a holy city by the Hindu population, the court observed that the government order’s apparent goal was to calm their concerns. The Court also observed that the aforementioned order imposes a blanket restriction and on the day of Bakar-Eid, imposing such an order at a place where the majority of the population is Muslim would be unreasonable and unjust.

Accordingly the order prohibiting animal slaughter was stayed in the town of Mangalore on the occasion of Bakar-Eid. The Court also held that those who wish to sacrifice animals shall do so within their residences and not outside of it.

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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY NISHTHA GARHWAL

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