Bhopal: In order to make Madhya Pradesh
Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act 2004 more stringent, the
State Assembly on Thursday amended the existing law by raising the
quantum of punishment to be awarded under it.
As per the amendment, the punishment for cow slaughter
will be minimum one year and maximum seven years along with
the fine of Rs 5000. Earlier, the punishment for the offence
was three years imprisonment or a fine of Rs 10,000 or both.
Similarly, for the illegal transportation of cow, the
minimum punishment has been increased to six months with a
fine of Rs 5,000.
State Animal Husbandry Minister Ajay Vishnoi said the
Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter (Amendment) Bill
2010 was brought to plug the loopholes in the existing Act.
Under Prohibition Act of 2004, the accused used to get
away by paying fines. Now the guilty will have to face
imprisonment as well as fine, he told the House.
The amendment also shifts the burden to prove innocence
on the accused, he added.
After the Act came into being in 2004, cow population in
the state has registered an increase of 15 per cent between
2004 and 2007, the minister said.
He said the government was providing Rs 15 crore yearly
to the NGOs running the cow shelters across the state.
Before the amendments were passed, the ruling party
member Prem Narayan Thakur said there was a need to ensure
that the NGOs running cow shelters use the aid provided to
them in the right manner.