Ahead of prominent Hindu festival Ugadi, a pro-Hindu outfit submitted a memorandum to the Bengaluru District Magistrate demanding a ban on halal meat on the day of the festival. The group demanded the magistrate not to give halal certificate to meat shops, to ban halal meat and provide jhatka meat to Hindus during the festival instead.
Karnataka had witnessed a row over halal versus jhatka meat in August last year. The two differ in the way the animal is slaughtered. The halal meat is preferred by the Muslim community; however, some say it’s the more torturous method for the slaughter of the two.
The Hindu Janajagruti Vedike also asked the authorities to promote jhatka meat shops in every nook and corner of the state.
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Ugadi. also called Gudi Padwa in some parts of India, falls on March 22 this year. It is usually celebrated on the first day of Chaitra Navratri, which falls in the first month of the Hindu lunar calendar, known as Chaitra. Therefore, Ugadi is celebrated as the Hindu New Year.
Bengaluru’s civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is known to issue orders banning sale of meat during many festivals and holidays in Bengaluru. Slaughter houses and butcher shops remained closed on the occasion of Janmashtami and Rama Navami time last year.
The BBMP has announced such rules on several occasions, such as Basava Jayanti, Maha Shivratri, Gandhi Jayanti, Sarvodaya Day and other religious events. A BBMP official had told Hindustan Times that there is a blanket ban on sale of meat at least eight days a year on various occasions.