Bombay High Court discards the changes in the circular by BMC to increase the number of slaughtering for Bakr Eid.

by Web Desk | Published: 21 Jul 2021

Bombay High Court discards the changes in BMC circular to increase slaughtering for Bakr Eid
Two petitions asking the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to surge the number of sacrifices of water buffaloes at Deonar Abattoir in Mumbai on the eve of Bakr Eid has been discarded by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. The plea also had asked for assigning a particular place for all the religious sacrifices that will be made. 
 
The petition which came for hearing now to increase the number of buffaloes and location for slaughtering had been filed a few months ago. Advocate Anil Sakhare, who appeared for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) enlightened the court about when the circular was issued which was July 19, 2021, in regards to the opening of Deonar Abattoir for Bakrid which is going to be celebrated between July 21 to July 23. In the circular, it is stated that the opening time of the slaughterhouse will be from 6 am to 6 pm on these dates, and about 300 buffaloes will be allowed to be slaughtered per day.
 
A request was made to Bombay High Court by petitioners Al-Quresh Human Welfare Association and All India Jamiatul Quresh to increase the number of permissions granted in the slaughterhouse from 300 to 700 animals per day as they anticipated thousands to arrive at the abattoir.
 
The High Court refused to make any change in the circular and stated that the injustice for slaughtering location has been cleared out by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Refusing to interfere with the circular, the High Court held that the grievance for slaughtering location has been sorted by the BMC. Besides the court did allow to increase the number of slaughtering stating that it was a decision “within the executive domain” and the court is restricted to grant any such relief.
 
 
“The first thing that matters is a public health and is above religion. The decisions which have been made were made keeping in mind the ongoing situation. Everything will not according to the wish of the people if this starts happening then it will become difficult for the administration to manage.” The Bombay High Court asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to make sure that the circular is implemented properly, with the Covid 19 protocols being followed.