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High Court Bans Animal Sacrifice In Tripura

September 27, 2019

Animal sacrifice in Tripura was put to an end on Friday, thanks to a judgement passed by the Tripura High Court.

The judgement against the extreme cruelty to animals was pronounced by a divisonal bench of the High Court.

The bench comprised of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Loadh.

Temples of the state, where animal sacrifices is common, were asked to follow the order with immediate effect.

Every Superintendent of Police of the state was asked to install CCTV cameras in such temples.

They were strictly asked to see that no animal was sacrificed in the state.

The judgement was pronounced against a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by former judge of Tripura District and Sessions Court Subhash Bhattacharjee.

The petition was filed in 2018 by Bhattacharjee.

In the PIL, Bhattacharjee urged the High Court to ban animal sacrifice in the state.

In the petiton he argued that if once prevalent human sacrifice can be stopped, then "why can't the tradition of animal sacrifice be banned?"

He termed animal sacrifice as cruelty towards animals.

"We need to educate those who still believe in animal sacrifice," reported Northeast Now quoting Bhattacharjee.

"This is historic and I feel the same should be implemented in every state, especially here in Assam too," said Raktim Baruah, a Guwahati-based animal activist in conversation with The Story Mug.

"Animal sacrifice for appeasing god is superstitious and we should do away with it," Baruah further added.

It is worth mentioning here that the Supreme Court in 2015 had refused to interfere with religious practices.

"The judiciary cannot not stop centuries-old traditions of sacrificing animals by different communities," the Apex Court had said.

The Advocate General of Tripura Arun Kanti Bhowmik, meanwhile said that he would meet Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and discuss on the judgement.

"Since the judgement involves people's sentiments and religious beliefs, it needs to be discussed thoroughly," he said.

"The Tripura government can approach the Supreme Court as well against the judgement," Bhowmik added.

It is worth mentioning here that the High Court in Himachal Pradesh in 2014 banned a long tradition of sacrificing animals for religious reasons.

The court in its order deemed the practice cruel and barbaric.

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