Is Vegetarianism Being Imposed In The Country? The sale of non-veg was banned on the side of public roads here on Tuesday, 16 November. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has issued this order. Earlier in Gujarat, in Vadodara, Rajkot and Bhavnagar, the demand for a ban on the sale of meat has also been raised.
In recent months, similar reports have come from many different parts of the country. In many of these places, a ban has also been imposed on selling meat.
New rules for selling meat in four big cities of UP
In April this year, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath banned meat sales around religious places. Then the CM had given instructions that there should be no liquor and meat within a kilometre radius of Kashi Vishwanath temple.
After this, CM Yogi banned the sale of meat and liquor at seven pilgrimage places of Mathura on the occasion of Janmashtami this year. These areas include Vrindavan, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Barsana, Gokul, Mahaband and Baldev. The Chief Minister had also announced that those engaged in selling meat and liquor could be involved in selling milk.
The Mathura-like rule has been made in UP’s Prayagraj too. Here to meat cannot be sold near religious places. There are hundreds of sacred sites in this city, which was moved from Allahabad to Prayagraj. In Ayodhya, the city of Lord Rama, the sale of liquor and meat is prohibited around religious places. Apart from this, similar rules have been made regarding selling meat in Deoband, Deva Sharif, Chitrakoot of UP.
A strong reaction of courts to government orders
In March this year, the Uttarakhand government cancelled the no-objection certificates issued to slaughterhouses in Haridwar. The government intended to make Haridwar a slaughterhouse free city. Against this, some petitions were filed in the Nainital High Court.
According to the news published on Tv9 India, the High Court had given a very sharp reaction during the hearing of these petitions. The court had said,
“Since when did it come under the jurisdiction of the state government to decide what people would eat? The kind of band that has been talked about in Haridwar raises the question of whether the state will now decide the choice of the citizen? The measure of the greatness of any civilization is how it treats the minority population”.
Similarly, a petition was filed in the Allahabad High Court for not renewing the license to sell meat. Hearing this, the Allahabad High Court had said that the right to choose food comes under a fundamental right, even if it is meat.
Do non-veg shops cause pollution?
According to Hindustan Times, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation says that the smoke from these non-veg shops is harmful to health.
To understand this logic of the Municipal Corporation, we talked to Dr Deepak Shukla; Dr Shukla said,
“Smoke of any kind is injurious, whether it is emitted from Havan or any food preparation, but only the smoke emanating from non-veg shops is harmful; it is not so.”
Is Vegetarianism Imposed In The Country?
In a survey conducted in India, it was found that about 70 per cent of the country’s population is non-vegetarian. In such a situation, the biggest question arises: in a country where such a large population is non-vegetarian, is banning the sale of meat in a country not a step like imposing vegetarianism on the people?