Bakra Eid: Qurbani of 900 Animals Allowed Between July 21–23 at Deonar Abattoir

Bakra Eid: Qurbani of 900 Animals Allowed Between July 21–23 at Deonar Abattoir

With Bakra Eid (Eid al-Adha) being celebrated between July 21 and 23, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has told the Bombay High Court that they are permitting the slaughter or ‘Qurbani’ of 900 animals at the Deonar abattoir during the three day period. 

Advocate for the BMC, Anil Sakhare said in a submission to the HC that the civic body has issued a new circular dated July 19, permitting the slaughter of 300 animals per day between 6 AM and 6 PM during the three days of the festival.

A previous petition filed by the All India Jamiatul Quresh requested the court to increase the limit of the animals from 300 to 700 per day. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni heard the petition and the civic body’s response. 

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“We are afraid, that is entirely the decision of the executive domain and the judiciary cannot grant the relief,” the bench said. 

The BMC maintained that people who visit the abattoir will have to follow the appropriate COVID-19 protocols at all times.   

The lawyer representing the All India Jamiatul Quresh, A.A Siddiqui requested the court to allow more than 300 animals per day as farmers and traders had already brought their animals. Siddiqui further said that they weren’t allowed to slaughter them inside the Deonar site.   

Sakhare said that 6 to 7 people are allowed per animal for the slaughter inside the abattoir, adding that there are other animals that are also slaughtered on the site. 

“During Qurbani period there is overcrowding. Because of the pandemic, we are not allowing more people inside the abattoir,” Sakhare added.

He stressed the need to maintain the crowd as the festive season is fast approaching. “Festival season is starting, whether of Muslims or Hindus. Now Ganpati and Navratri will also be there. We have to control the crowds. Third-wave (of Covid-19) shouldn’t come,” he said.
The Chief Justice concurred with the BMC counsel, saying “Let us pray for better times next year.”

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