The Madhya Pradesh (MP) Government, led by the Indian National Congress (INC,) on the 26th of June, approved the proposal to make amendments to the Madhya Pradesh Cow Progeny Slaughter Prevention Act, 2004, a cow protection law.
Kamal Nath, the Chief Minister of MP, on the 26th of June, chaired a meeting in the presence of Cabinet Ministers and cleared the proposal.
According to the proposal, jail term of 6 months to 5 years will be given to anyone who indulges in violence or causes any kind of disturbance in the harmony of the State in the name of cow protection.
It also includes strict action against those who carry out protests of any kind in the name of cow protection. The penalty for doing so may result in a fine ranging anywhere between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000.
The Madhya Pradesh Cow Progeny Slaughter Prevention Act, 2004 was meant to prevent cow slaughtering in the State, but nowadays, people are trying to indulge in violence against each other in the name of the Act.
The decision to implement the amendments was made after the recent violence in Bulandshahr, which killed 3 police officers and left many injured.
If the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) support the amendments during the Monsoon session of the MP Assembly, the Bill will be raised in the 17th Lok Sabha for discussion and approval.
The MP Assembly session will begin from the 8th of July.
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