Ensure slaughter rules adhered to: HC to BMC

MUMBAI: Two days before Bakr Id, Bombay high court asked the to take steps so that rules regarding goat slaughter are followed.
“Ensure all rules are followed,” said a division bench of acting chief justice Naresh Patil and justice Girish Kulkarni while hearing a petition by NGO Jiv Maitri Trust, challenging BMC‘s online system started by BMC for those seeking permission to sacrifice goats and sheep.

Senior advocate Anil Sakhare said the BMC had for years ensured that Bakr Id festivities comply with rules. “The law empowers the civic chief to grant temporary licences to slaughter small animals for religious festivals… Each person can apply for slaughtering one goat…,” said advocate Sakhare. BMC‘s advocate said the petition was filed with “mischievous intent” as the online system was started on July 24, but petitioners had approached the court close to the festival.

Advocate Sujay Kantawala, petitioner‘s counsel, refuted the allegations. “In the online system there is no verification and each person is given permission to sacrifice up to five goats. This would lead to garbage problem, especially near the airport. It would attract birds posing a threat to aircraft,” said the advocate. BMC admitted there were some problems with the online system and BMC has halted it now.

The court has asked BMC to submit a list of petitions on slaughter pending before the court and scheduled the matter for hearing on Tuesday.
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