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Bakra Eid: BMC issues directions for religious sacrifice after Bombay HC's intervention

In fresh guidelines, the BMC permitted the religious sacrifice of 150 cattle at Deonar abattoir from August 1 to August 3

Bakra Eid: BMC issues directions for religious sacrifice after Bombay HC's intervention
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After the Bombay High Court’s directions, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday evening issued a circular of regulations and precautionary steps to carry out animal sacrifices for the Bakra Eid at Deonar abattoir. 

In fresh guidelines, the BMC permitted the religious sacrifice of cattle at the abattoir from August 1 to August 3 which is when the Eid-al-Adha celebrations will be observed. The Mumbai civic body has limited to sacrifice to 150 buffaloes each day for three days. 

As per the circular, the religious sacrifice will be allowed at Deonar abattoir between 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM in Mumbai. Moreover, social distancing and other precautionary measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus should be strictly followed while carrying out the sacrifice. 

During the lockdown, the number of slaughter allowed at the abattoir was limited to 150. The BMC has stuck with the same for the Bakra Eid as well. 

This comes after the Bombay HC instructed the BMC to issue a circular on regulatory steps and procedures to be followed during animal sacrifice or ‘Qurbani’ at Deonar abattoir. 

The Bombay HC directed the Mumbai civic body to issue the circular without any delay in view of the Bakra Eid celebrations starting on Saturday. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Sarang Kotwal issued the order while hearing a petition filed by Al Qureshi Human Welfare Association.

The petition, however, mentioned that 5,000 animal sacrifice should be allowed at the abattoir for Eid celebrations. The court had directed the BMC and the police to ensure that the regulations are followed properly. 

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