Srinagar, Sep 10: A day after Jammu High Court banned the sale of beef across the state including Muslim Majority region Kashmir Valley, the leaders from mainstream politics, socio-religious organizations, pro-freedom camps and civil society while expressing displeasure over the court order said that it sounds strange to impose the will of some religious fanatics over the vast population of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Amir Jamat-e-Islami, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said that it is the responsibility of the state government to know the views about the majority community. “The court order will have serious ramifications and dangerous consequences. If the government implements the court order, it will put Kashmir on boil, besides it is the direct interference in our religion as Holy Quarn allows us to consume beef freely,” he said.
Karwan-i-Islami patron Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami told CNS that India has no right to offend the sentiments of Muslim population. “Who are they to dictate us. The court has given directions on the behest of RSS lobby and it is our responsibility to raise our voice against this unjustified direction,” he said and added nobody in Kashmir has power to stop Muslims from consuming, slaughtering and selling beef. He added that they will file review application seeking review of the order passed by the same bench or will move to Supreme Court to file special leave petition before Apex court. “This order has offended the religious sentiments of majority community in State,” he said.
Islamic Political Party chairman Muhammad Yousuf Naqash said that instead of imposing a ban on the beef, the court should ban the consumption of liquor that has been prohibited by all the major religions of the world. “Consumption of beef is ‘Halal’ in our religion and on body can dictate us or interefere in our religion. It is the Muslim majority state and people will not stop consuming beef by a mere court order,” he said.
Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson Dr Mehboob Beigh said that nobody has a right to dictate people what they should eat and what they should avoid. “The ban on the sale of beef in Kashmir was in vogue during Maharaja’s time. It is irony that despite being the Muslim majority state, this ban was in place. The current court order is not new but only reiteration and it is debatable,” Beigh told CNS.
Civil Society member Sakeel Qalandar said that the ruling of the court will not stand firm in Muslim majority state. “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir gives freedom to the people and nobody can suggest or dictate them what what they should wear or eat,” he said that the ban will be ineffective.
People’s Democratic Front Chairman Hakim Muhammad Yasin termed the court order as direction intervention into religious affairs. “We enjoy religious freedom here and our religion has been permitting us to consume beef. It will have serious ramifications if ban is imposed and it will also divide the society on communal lines,” he said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch