Questioning the constitutionality of a ban on slaughterhouses in Haridwar district, the Uttarakhand Excessive Courtroom has mentioned a civilisation is judged by the best way it treats its minorities.
Listening to a petition filed by residents of Manglaur difficult the ban on slaughterhouses in Haridwar district on Friday, a division bench of the Excessive Courtroom comprising Chief Justice R S Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma mentioned, “Democracy means the protection of minorities. A civilisation is judged only by the way it treats its minorities and a ban like Haridwar’s questions the extent to which the state can determine a citizen’s options.”
The petition mentioned the prohibition goes in opposition to the appropriate to privateness, the appropriate to life, and the appropriate to freely apply faith and discriminated in opposition to Muslims in Haridwar the place cities like Manglaur have a considerable Muslim inhabitants.
“Denying hygienic and fresh non-vegetarian food to people of Haridwar district across the limitations of religion and caste amounts to hostile discrimination,” the petition mentioned.
In March this yr, the state had declared all areas of Haridwar “free from slaughterhouses” and cancelled the NOCs issued to slaughterhouses.
The petition claimed the ban was “arbitrary and unconstitutional”. The petition challenged this for 2 causes: a blanket ban on meat of any type is unconstitutional, as is Part 237A that the Uttarakhand authorities had inserted into the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act, to provide itself the facility to declare an space underneath a municipal company, council or Nagar panchayat as a “slaughter-free” zone.
The court docket mentioned the petition has raised “serious fundamental questions” and would contain a constitutional interpretation.
On related points, the Supreme Courtroom had earlier raised issues that “meat ban cannot be forced down the throat of anyone. Tomorrow, you will say nobody should eat meat,” the Excessive Courtroom mentioned.
Preserving this in thoughts, the Excessive Courtroom noticed, “The question is whether a citizen has the right to decide his own diet or whether that will be decided by the state.”
Nevertheless, the court docket maintained that this can be a constitutional concern not restricted by festivals and the case wanted correct listening to and deliberations.
Therefore, it’s not attainable to conclude it in time for Bakrid which falls on July 21, the court docket mentioned, including that the following listening to of the petition will likely be held on July 23.