Karnataka: Pro-Hindu group demands ban on halal meat ahead of Ugadi
The Hindu outfit has also requested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to include the “Halal Certificate Prohibition Act” in its election manifesto this year.
A right-wing Hindu organisation in Karnataka has once again demanded a ban on ‘halal’ meat in the state ahead of Ugadi, one of the biggest festivals of Kannadigas. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has also asked the authorities to promote Hindu ‘jhatka’ meat shops in every nook and corner of Karnataka.
The Hindu outfit has requested the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to include the “Halal Certificate Prohibition Act” in its election manifesto this year. Mohan Gowda, the official spokesperson of HJS, while speaking to India Today, said if needed, the organisation will legally fight against halal meat-cutting practices.
“We are opening jhatka meat shops in every ward. We want to make the entire Karnataka halal-mukt. Crores of rupees from these halal certified shops are being used in anti-India activities and we want a detailed probe on this,” Mohan Gowda said.
Last year, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti ran a similar campaign against halal meat across the state during Ugadhi. They claim that they were 70 per cent successful in persuading people to buy jhatka meat and refrained from buying halal certified meat.
Not just HJS, but several Hindu organisations and BJP leaders in the state have raised objections to the sale of halal meat to Hindus.
‘Halal’ meat is prepared as per Muslim religious rites and all Muslims are supposed to consume only ‘halal’ meat. All the meats sold at Muslim shops are prepared as per halal customs and this is why right-wing groups often call on Hindus to boycott such shops.