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Bakra Eid: Bombay HC directs BMC to issue guidelines for sacrificing animals 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.

Bakra Eid: Bombay HC directs BMC to issue guidelines for sacrificing animals at Deonar abattoir
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Ahead of Eid-al-Adha celebrations, the Bombay High Court (HC) on Friday instructed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (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 sought the court to allow slaughter activity at the Deonar abattoir which is one the biggest slaughterhouses situated in Mumbai’s suburbs. Usually, during Bakra Eid celebration, nearly 15,000 animals are sacrificed each year. 

However, the petition said that the scale of sacrifice would be low amid economic troubles due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to media reports, the petition mentions that 5,000 animal sacrifice should be allowed at the Deonar abattoir for Bakra Eid which starts on August 1 and will be celebrated till August 3. 

Asif Ali Siddiqui, the lawyer representing the petitioner, informed that court that they will maintain social distancing and all the other protocols given by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The petition intervention in a July 25 order of the court which restricted slaughter at the abattoir alone. 

Furthermore, BMC counsel Anil Sakhare said that the number of sacrifices allowed at Deonar abattoir has been reduced by one-third this year as compared to the number allowed last year. 

Meanwhile, the Bombay HC said that the sacrifice of animals will have be on a lower scale amid the coronavirus pandemic as urged by the Maharashtra government earlier. It also directed the BMC and the police to ensure that the regulations are followed properly. 

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