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Appoint Officer In Each District Of Each State To Take Action Against Cow Vigilantism: SC

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| September 6 , 2017 , 12:20 IST

Claiming numerous lives over the past 6 months, cow vigilantism has been slammed by political leaders near and far, from Opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to even the former President of India Pranab Mukherjee, however, violence in the name of protecting cows continues, resulting in the matter reaching the Supreme Court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday clearly stated that all killings and violence in the name of cow vigilantism must end and that the public should not be allowed to take law into their own hands.

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To curb the menace of cow vigilantism the Supreme Court has asked each state to appoint a senior police officer in each district as a nodal officer to take action against cow vigilantism.

CJI Misra said in court, “Centre says there is a law in place. Then such incidents have to be curbed. People cannot be allowed to take law into their hands. This must stop. This is not permissible.”

Senior advocate Indira Jaising appearing on behalf of one of the petitioners seeking action against cow vigilantism said, “centre says they do not support but even after that statements innocents getting killed. They also say FIRs being lodged. But we do not want to come to court when people are dead..we have to prevent it”.

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When the matter had reached the apex court earlier on July 21, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar on behalf of the centre had said that incidents of cow vigilantism were issues of state and therefore it was up to the respective states to maintain control and prevent cow vigilantism.

Following the July 21 hearing, the bench had asked the centre and States to file affidavits within 4 weeks to which the government responded in parliament that the states are taking action in each case and that the accused have been sent to jail.

Even after the action taken by the states, at least 4 more incidents of cow vigilantism have been reported.