Tension prevails in IIT Madras on Tuesday following a brutal attack on R Sooraj, a PhD Scholar, associated with Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle by a group of students for taking part in the beef fest conducted on May 28 in the campus.
The PhD scholar has been seriously injured in his right eye in the assault and he is being taken to a private eye hospital for treatment.
A group of students at the IIT Madras conducted a beef festival, showing their agitation against the recent order by Centre against selling cattle thus imposing an indirect beef ban. More than 50 students supported the cause by participating in this fest late on Sunday night.
Earlier on May 27, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) staged similar protest in Kerala by eating beef outside University College, Trivandrum. Similar fest was also organised at different locations across Kerala.
Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Friday ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.
“Aim of the rules is very specific. It is only to regulate the animal market and the sale of cattle in these markets, and ensuring welfare of cattle dealt in market. And the rule provides for a strict animal monitoring committee and an animal market committee at the local level,” Vardhan told ANI.
He said the seller and buyer both have to ensure that the cattle is not being bought or sold in the market for slaughter purposes. “An undertaking to this effect has to be given to the member secretary of the animal market committee from the seller as well as the buyer,” Vardhan added.
As per the notification, cattle is defined as “bulls, bullocks, cows, buffalos, steers, heifers and calves and camels”. The rules also state that the purchaser shall not sacrifice the animal for any religious purpose or sell it to a person outside the state without permission and must keep in with the state’s cattle protection laws.