Mumbai, Sep 8: In a controversial move, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has agreed for a four-day ban on the sale of meat in Mumbai i.e. on Sep 10, 13, 17 and 18. This has sparked a massive debate over social media where people are criticising the move.
According to the directive, slaughter of meat will not be allowed for four days until the ritual fasting of Jains comes to an end on September 18. However, restaurants will be allowed to serve meat on these days.
The Paryushan is scheduled between September 10-17, with the 10-day Ganeshotsav starting from September 17, and Bakri Eid falling on September 22-23. [4-day meat ban in Mumbai during Jain fasting period]
The decision to ban meat sale - following a demand by the Ahimsa Sangh's Vishwamaitri Trust, besides Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politicians like Raj Purohit and Atul Shah - was promptly passed by the BMC on Monday.
This move has sparked a massive uproar over social media and micro blogging website Twitter where a section is criticising the state government and termed it anti-Constitutional. People are also flaying the BJP-ruled Government over the same.
While there are also few who are defending the move and said it has been happening since 1993 but this time it is being unnecessarily publicised because BJP is in power in the state as well as at Centre.
Here are few such tweets:
Then: Na khayenge, Na khane denge"Beef ban, followed by no meat ban http://t.co/v45Uec5Kpo "Now: Jo kaha woh kiya— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) September 8, 2015
Why does anything and everything get banned here? All these bans don't even make any sense.Can't there be a ban on stupidity? #MeatBan.— Simran Preet Arora (@SimranPArora) September 8, 2015
Our country is going to remain a 3rd world nation because of the intolerant misogynistic close minded few. https://t.co/JcIDEC3gQE— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) September 8, 2015
We love animals, we find them very tasty. This #meatban makes no sense at all— Being Indian (@Beingind) September 8, 2015
I am going to create a religion and make Brinjal holy. Then force government to ban that, I hate that sabji #meatban— jerry jose (@jerryjose7) September 8, 2015
Mumbai the city of dreams has turned to city of nightmares. What's wrong with Govt? Trying to ban everything..!! Hope, its a joke #meatban— Sonal Chadha (@MissSonalChadha) September 8, 2015
Respecting sentiments of one religious community doesn't mean snatching away other communities' freedom (to eat what they want to) #meatban— Ravinder Singh (@_RavinderSingh_) September 8, 2015
In somedays, Mumbai will be renamed as MumBAN ~ #meatban— manish kumar ツ (@ManishSEO) September 8, 2015
Wait, if this #meatban is a yearly thing, how come this is the first time anyone is talking about it? No one minded it in 2014 or before?— Mridul (@Psilosophy) September 8, 2015
Problem with liberal outrage on #meatban is a) tagging every decision to Modi; & b) spinning it as if it's been enforced for the first time.— Kartikeya Tanna (@KartikeyaTanna) September 8, 2015