Marila Latif

On September 12, Kashmir observed a near total shut down over a court order banning sale of beef in the entire state. Kashmir is a Muslim majority state and ever since the order, the common people come in defiance of the long-forgotten law brought by autocratic ruler in 1932.

Kashmir Glory talked to a number of people from different walks of life to get their views on the law and on recent court order, directing police to take action against those defying the ban.

Rayees Rasool,  Social Activist told Kashmir Glory that beef ban is direct attack on religious activities of Muslims apart from that a large number of inhabitants in Kashmir are depend on it.

“When you hang a person to satisfy collective conciseness why can’t you respect the religious activities of the particular community.”

Danish ismail, a 31-year old photojournalist from Reuters told Kashmir glory:  “I sacrifice oxen on Eid from last 10 years and that too being a resident of Batamaloo (in uptown Srinagar).  I become petrified when I heard about beef ban but subsequently after listening to (PDP president) Mehbooba Mufti’s statement, my anxiousness went down. One sheep can be sacrificed in the name of one person but one cow can be sacrificed in the name of seven people that are the main reason to sacrifice beef”.

Dr Ayub said that scientifically it’s proven that there was nothing wrong in eating beef. “It is full of protein. Secondly it is a religious affair our prophet (SAW) has already told us what halaal is and what is haram. It is Allah’s farman (command) to a human being and nobody can challenge it”.

Waseem Nabi, a freelance writer said that In Medieval India, there was shortage of milk and since most of the Hindus were non vegetarian, they stopped eating beef and made cow sacred so that people won’t slaughter her and the trend is continuing.

“RSS is making inroads in Kashmir by using many methods and one among them is this. From last year, nothing major has happened in Kashmir. Unscrupulous elements always want to set fire so now they are using cow,” he said.

If slaughtering a cow harms religious sentiments, he said, what about liquor. “There is not a single reference from Vedas and gitas that eating or slaughtering a cow is against Hinduism. On what basis cow is sacred who made it. Veda stresses on banning alcohol, why don’t they ban alcohol?”

Muhammad Sultan, a 51-years-old man told Kashmir glory that India says it is a secular country then where is the secularism? “They don’t signify Muslims among their own folks and they treat us poorly.”

Dilshada Begum, 47, said the law cannot be implemented in Kashmir and that beef is the most important food for urban populace.

Rouf Ahmad, a 31-year-old man businessman told Kashmir Glory that Indian administration was trying to control Kashmir in whatever way possible. “We don’t take beef to hurt religious sentiments of any particular community but purely as food as our religious provides to take it.”

Manan Riyaz, a 20-years youth said that law which can harm religious sentiments of majority community must go.

Saima Rashid, a student of Mass communication told Kashmir Glory that her mother was unhappy when she heard about this ban. “Even as we never had beef in our home, it shouldn’t be banned because our religion allows us to eat it.”