The Allahabad High Court on Monday expressed concern over the repeated misuse of the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act and the implication of harmless individuals in such circumstances, stating “accused persons continue in jail for an offence that may not have been committed at all”.
The court docket additionally identified that in plenty of circumstances the meat recovered by the authorities was introduced as cow meat (beef) with out it being analysed by consultants to ascertain its origin.
“Whenever any meat is recovered, it is normally shown as cow meat (beef) without getting it examined or analysed by the Forensic Laboratory. In most of the cases, meat is not sent for analysis. Accused persons continue in jail for an offence that may not have been committed at all,” the court docket mentioned whereas listening to the bail software of Rahmu, alias Rahmuddin.
The court docket additionally raised questions on how cows are handled by their house owners, stating many are sometimes left to fend for themselves by their house owners when not being milked and guashalas (cow shelters) “do not accept non-milching cows or old cows and they are left to wander the roads”.
And the stray cows which might be recovered (by the state) should not have correct documentation and “one does not know where the cows go after…”, the court docket continued.
“Owners of cows after milking, leave the cows to roam on roads, to drink drainage/sewer water and eat garbage, polythene, etc. Cows on the road are menace to traffic… cannot be transported… for fear of locals and police. Some way has to be found to keep them in shelters or with owners,” the court docket mentioned.
The court docket made these remarks after being instructed the accused had been in jail for over a month however had no particular allegations towards his title within the FIR filed by the native police.
According to the bail plea filed right now, the accused was not arrested from the crime scene. Rahmuddin, who has been accused of killing a cow, has been in jail since August 5.
Rahmuddin has been granted conditional bail.