Periyakulam Ordered People Not To Consume Meat Due To A Jain Festival !!

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A circular of Periyakulam municipality ordering the owners of slaughter houses not to function between 15 August 2020 and 24 August 2020 due to a Jain community festival named as “Paryushan Parv” has raised the eyebrows of Tamil speaking twitter users. The most important annual holy event for Jains, is usually celebrated in August or September to increase their level of spiritual intensity often using fasting such as following non-vegetarian diet.

In some Indian States, slaughter houses are kept closed for 1–8 days during the Paryushana festival. It is done in states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, that have large population of the Jain community. Strangely, the circular of Periyakulam, a municipality in Tamil nadu, precedents the judgment provided by the Supreme court in the year 2008 to restrict the meat shops from functioning.

A 2008 Supreme court Judgement by Justices Markandey Katju and HK Sema granted municipal corporations the power to impose a ban on meat slaughter during Paryushan. In their judgement, the justices said that 8 or 9 days is not a long time in a whole year for slaughter houses to shut down. “It is for the sake of tolerance within India’s diverse society” the judgment said.

“We have to take a balanced view of the matter. there is a large population of the Jain communities in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Out of respect for their sentiments, surely the non-vegetarians can remain vegetarians for 9 days in a year” the judgement said which also anecdoted Mughal emperor Akbar forbidding meat eating for 6 months in Gujarat to give equal respect to people of all the communities.

In this circular of Periyakulam municipality ordered all kind of slaughter houses not to function for 10 days. “Upon violation, the meats will be seized and severe action will be taken against the violators.” the notice read.

Check out the circular that got published below :

As soon as the notice got surfaced in the micro blogging social media site, people started questioning the strange practice being initiated in a state like Tamil nadu. “We haven’t even heard about such thing before. If you doesn’t like, you stop eating. Why should we people stop eating meat?” asked one of a Twitter user whereas another one asked what Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam who belongs to Periyakulam is doing.

Check out some of their reactions below :

However, a latest update emerged saying that the circular has been withdrawn by the Chairman of the District Administration.

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