The Bill, which seeks to amend the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act of 1954, to provide for stringent punishments, will be placed for discussion and voting during the ongoing Budget session of the Gujarat Assembly.
As per the Bill, those found to be involved in the slaughter of bovines, including cows, calves, bulls and bullocks, would face imprisonment up to 10 years, but not less than seven years.
In the present Act, which was amended in 2011, the maximum jail term for such acts was seven years, but not less than three years.
Further, the Bill seeks to double the amount of penalty, which is Rs 50,000 at present.
Under this Act, people found involved in cow-slaughtering and related crimes are penalised with Rs 50,000 fine and a jail term of up to seven years.
Making another change, the present Bill has proposed that all the offences under this Act shall be considered as cognisable as well as non-bailable.
In the present Act, such offences are considered only as "cognisable" and not "non-bailable".
At present, such vehicles are liable to be "seized" for a period of six months, or till the final judgement of the court, said the Bill document.
Giving logic behind bringing such harsher punishment by bringing an amendment Bill, the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said "some more stringent provisions are required to be made by amending the said Act for curbing the menace of illegal slaughtering.
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