On July 12, a new bill was introduced in the House of Representatives
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses the Assam Legislative Assembly. If passed, the law will prohibit the sale and purchase of beef and beef products in places with a high population of Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and other non-beef-eating communities, according to the proposed terms. In addition, the proposed bill would prohibit the selling of such items within a 5-kilometer radius of any temple or Sattra.
The proposed measure, dubbed the Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021, attempts to regulate cattle slaughter, consumption, and illicit trafficking in the state. Sarma had previously stated that the Assam Cattle Preservation Act of 1950 lacks appropriate legal provisions to regulate cattle slaughter, eating, and transportation. The old law would be repealed if this measure passes.
It is important to highlight that in states with anti-slaughter laws, there is no provision to exclude specific areas, as the Assam government has proposed.
Anyone found guilty of breaking the law faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison or a fine ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, or a combination of the two. The sentence will be increased if someone convicted under the new law is found guilty of the same or a similar crime a second time.