The long-pending Madhya Pradesh Gau-Vansh Vadh Pratishedh (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak has received the Presidential assent following which it has become and Act and has been published in the extraordinary gazette.
In fulfillment of its commitment to protecting and conserving cow progeny the state government had passed the amendment Bill in Vidhansabha in 2010 to remove the flaws in the Madhya Pradesh Gauvansh Pratishedh Adhiniyam 2004. It also sought to obviate the difficulties and to make the provisions more stringent.
SALIENT FEATURES OF THE AMENDED ACT
Now the accused would be responsible to prove himself innocent.
Jail term for caw slaughter increased to 7 years.
Minimum fine of Rs. 5 thousand which may be increased by the court.
Forwarded to Union Home Ministry on September 3, 2010 for
Assent received on December 22, 2011.
Amended Act published in December 31, 1011 extraordinary
gazette of Madhya Pradesh
With the enforcement of the amended Act now the responsibility of proving the prosecution wrong would lie with the accused in case of cow slaughter .Similarly, now a guilty of cow slaughter would be liable to 7 years imprisonment instead of present 3 years and a minimum fine of Rs. 5 thousand which may be increased by the court.
The amended Act provides that no person shall slaughter or cause to be slaughtered or offered for slaughter of any cow progeny by any means.
Besides, no person including transporter shall transport or offer for transport or cause to be transported any cow progeny himself or by his agent, servant or by any other person acting in his behalf within the State or outside the State for the purpose of its slaughter in contravention of the provisions of this Act or with the knowledge that it will be or is likely to be slaughtered.
The amended Act also has provisions for specifying necessary actions for feeding and rearing the cow progeny.
Another specialty of this Act is that any police officer not below the rank of head constable or any person authorized in this behalf by competent authority shall have the power of entry, inspection, search and seizure and to present the case in the court.
It may be mentioned here that the state government had forwarded the amendment Bill on September 3, 2010 to the Union Home Ministry for Presidential assent. The assent was received on December 22,2011. The amended Act has been published in the extraordinary gazette of Madhya Pradesh on December 31, 2011. Now the state government would take action for enforcement of the amended Act through a notification.
CULTURE MINISTER HAILS
The Minister for Culture and Public Relations Shri Laxmikant Sharma has expressed happiness over Presidential assent to the amended Bill, saying that the desire of the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan would now be fulfilled. He lauded the efforts made by Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in this regard and said that under the leadership of Shri Chouhan the state government is committed to enforcing the provisions of the Act in letter and spirit.