Dehradun, July 08: The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday suspended a state government order declaring the entire Haridwar district a no-kill zone on July 10, when members of the Muslim community will sacrifice animals to celebrate Bakr Eid.
A divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe authorized the slaughter of animals for Eid al-Adha on July 10 at an abattoir in Manglaur Municipality in the district.
The bench also ordered the speaker to ensure that no slaughter is carried out outside the mentioned legally compliant slaughterhouses and urged the Municipality of Manglaur to inform and persuade people to slaughter animals only in these slaughterhouses and not outside of them.
On March 3 last year, the state had declared all areas of Haridwar abattoir-free and rescinded NOCs issued to abattoirs.
Faisal Hussain, a resident of Haridwar, addressed the high court saying that the blanket ban on animal slaughter goes against the right to privacy, the right to life and the right practice his religion freely and discriminated against Muslims in Haridwar where towns like Manglaur have a large Muslim population.
The petition claimed the ban was “arbitrary and unconstitutional”. The petition disputed this for two reasons: a blanket ban on meat of any kind is unconstitutional, as is Section 237A which the Uttarakhand government inserted into the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act, to give the power to declare an area under a municipal corporation. , council or nagar panchayat as a felling-free zone.