Uttarakhand High Court Allows Animal Slaughter at Manglaur in Haridwar on Eid Day

On Thursday, July 7, 2022, the Uttarakhand High Court authorized the slaughter of animals for Eid al-Adha on July 10 at an abattoir in Manglaur municipality, Haridwar district, monitoring a state government notification designating the entire Haridwar district as a “no felling zone”.

A divisional bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe ordered that during Eid al-Adha, animals can only be slaughtered in the law-compliant slaughterhouse of Manglaur Municipality built through a public-private partnership and urged the municipality to publish the court’s decision. They also ordered the petitioner who challenged the government’s decision to ensure that no logging takes place elsewhere in the district.

On March 3, 2021, the state government of Uttarakhand appointed Urban local bodies in Haridwar district, including two municipal corporations, two municipalities and five “slaughterhouse-free regions” of Nagar Panchayats, and have terminated slaughterhouse operating permits. The notification from the Urban Development Department preceded the Kumbh Mela. Earlier, MPs from the Bharatiya Janata party in the region wrote to then Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat urging that slaughterhouses be banned in a “religious city like Haridwar”.

Faisal Hussain, a resident of Haridwar, petitioned the high court, claiming that the slaughter of animals was a core religious practice in Islam and that for the festival of Eid al-Adha, the slaughter Animals are expected to be allowed at the Manglaur slaughterhouse, which was built last year but may not be operating due to the district’s blanket ban on animal slaughter.

He supported that Muslims constitute 87.45% of the population of the municipality of Manglaur. The location is about 45 kilometers from Haridwar, and if the slaughter of animals is allowed in an abattoir in Manglaur, Hindu religious feelings would not be harmed.

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