PIL filed in Bombay HC seeking action against cow vigilantes ahead of Bakrid
Mumbai, Aug 7: A Mumbai based activist Shadaab Patel has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) expressing fear that cow vigilante groups may stir up trouble during the forthcoming Eid ul Azha and demanded for a helpline in order to deal with the menace.
The activist in his petition demanded for direction from the court the state to take effective preventive measures and proper steps to to ensure that the citizens are not troubled by the cow-vigilantes’ mob attacks, particularly those who deal in cattle or transport cattle.
A division bench of justices BR Gavai and MS Karnik has asked the government to file an affidavit in reply and posted the petition for hearing after two weeks.
“The cow vigilante groups are taking law in their own hands… They are a threat as they cause disturbance or riot- like situation in the name of beef,” the PIL said.
“The citizens have a right to life and right to carry on business and trade, guaranteed by the Constitution. It cannot be violated by such cow vigilantes, whose main aim is to create a sense of fear in the minds of people,” the petition said.
The state government should set up a 24-hour helpline to “keep a check on illegal acts by cow vigilantes moving around freely in the name of cow protection in large groups”, it said.
The petition also demanded that, every police station should maintain a list of cow vigilante groups in its area and submit a report to the court on the action taken against them.
It is to be noted that last year an activist from Maharashtra Tehseen S Poonawala had filed PIL with the Supreme Court citing the Cow Vigilantes destroy our society and sought direction to the Central Government and some State Governments to take action against the destructive cow vigilantes.