By: DIKSHA DHAR
On September 28, 2015, a Muslim man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was lynched to death by a mob of Hindu fanatics under the suspicion that he had consumed beef. In India, beef has grown as an indicator of hard-line Hindu forces since colonial times, and has consequently been at the core of innumerable communal tension. Earlier in the year, the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act (MAPA) of 1976 was amended with stricter guidelines to prohibit and criminalize the possession and consumption of beef. Since Independence, the Animal Preservation Act has been applied variedly by different states. In light of the new amendments to the MAPA and the mob lynching in Dadri, a nationwide beef ban seems to be imminent.
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