The western Indian state of Gujarat has handed a regulation making the slaughter of cows punishable with life imprisonment.
Below an modification to the state’s Animal Preservation Act, these discovered responsible of transporting beef may also be jailed for 10 years.
The cow is taken into account sacred by India’s Hindu majority, and killing cows is against the law in lots of states.
However the brand new modification means Gujarat now has the hardest legal guidelines on the problem within the nation.
Offenders will face heavy fines, in addition to time behind bars. The penalty for both act has been doubled from 50,000 rupees ($771; £618) to 100,000 rupees.
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Gujarat Minister of State Pradipsinh Jadeja advised reporters that the cow was a logo of Indian tradition and the amendments to the act had been made “in session with the folks”.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has additionally spoken repeatedly of “harsh” punishment for individuals who kill cows.
The brand new legal guidelines will come into impact from Saturday.