SRINAGAR – A day after Jammu High Court banned sale of beef in Muslim majority State of Jammu and Kashmir, leaders from mainstream politics, socio-religious organizations, pro-freedom camps and civil society expressing displeasure over the court order saying that it sounds strange to impose the will of some religious fanatics over the vast population of the State.

Meanwhile, senior separatists leaders including Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik have called for shutdown on Saturday, September 12, against the ban on beef. The separatists have asked people to hold protest demonstrations against the court order after Friday’s congregational prayers.

Pertinently, the direction was passed on Wednesday in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate Parimoksh Seth seeking slaughter or killing of bovine animals an offence punishable under Section 298-A and possession of such slaughtered animal an act punishable under Section 298-B of the RPC.

A spokesperson of Geelani-led Hurriyat said that that the high court order on beef ban is “politically motivated and aimed at creating communal tension.” Quoting Geelani, the chief of the amalgam, he appealed people to hold protests against the court verdict after Friday prayers.

Separatist leader, Yasin Malik, said that the ban imposed on beef by Jammu high court is direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims. “These kinds of orders will harm religious harmony in Jammu Kashmir. These new kind of issues are carved only to harm Kashmir issue and implement RSS agenda on Kashmir,” he said.

“Muslims of Jammu Kashmir will never accept these politically motivated orders and a stiff resistance will be given to all such acts,” he said.

Ruling Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beigh, said that nobody has a right to dictate people what they should eat and what they should not. “The ban on the sale of beef in Kashmir was in vogue during Maharaja’s time. It is irony that despite being the Muslim majority state, this ban was in place. The current court order is not new but only reiteration and it is debatable,” Beigh said.

Amir, Jamat-e-Islami, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said that it is the responsibility of the state government to know the views about the majority community. “The court order will have serious ramifications and dangerous consequences. If the government implements the court order, it will put Kashmir on boil, besides it is the direct interference in our religion as Holy Quran allows us to consume beef freely,” he said.

Karwan-i-Islami patron, Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, said that India has no right to offend the sentiments of Muslim population. “Who are they to dictate us. The court has given directions on the behest of RSS lobby and it is our responsibility to raise our voice against this unjustified direction,” he said and added that nobody in Kashmir has power to stop Muslims from consuming, slaughtering and selling beef.

He added that they will file review application seeking review of the order passed by the same bench or will move to Supreme Court to file special leave petition before Apex court.  “This order has offended the religious sentiments of majority community in State,” he said.

Islamic Political Party chairman, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, said that instead of imposing a ban on beef, the court should ban the consumption of liquor that has been prohibited by all the major religions of the world. “Consumption of beef is Halal in our religion and on body can dictate us or interfere in our religion. It is the Muslim majority state and people will not stop consuming beef by a mere court order,” he said.

Prominent civil Society member, Sakeel Qalandar, said that the ruling of the court will not stand firm in the Muslim majority State. “The Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir gives freedom to the people and nobody can suggest or dictate them what what they should wear or eat,” he said that the ban will be ineffective.

People’s Democratic Front Chairman, Hakim Muhammad Yasin, termed the court order as direct intervention into religious affairs. “We enjoy religious freedom here and our religion has been permitting us to consume beef. It will have serious ramifications if ban is imposed and it will also divide the society on communal lines,” he said. Inputs: CNS