Beef ban: Defence Ministry asks Indian army to stop buffalo slaughter ritual

New Delhi(web team): The Defence Ministry of the Modi government under Manohar Parrikar has asked the Indian army to stop buffalo slaughter, reports an English daily.


The ministry has asked the army to ensure that none of its units indulge in the ritual slaughtering of buffaloes, which is an age-old tradition. Instructions have been issued to put an end to the practice of certain army units to behead a male buffalo during Dussehra, that is attributed mostly to Gurkha tradition.

The ministry accepted that the practice was traditional but said that ‘laws have now changed’, reports the daily. Interestingly, the government is using the ‘animal cruelty’ angle combined with the fact that buffalo slaughter is illegal by law, to push for this ban.

“It is understood that there may be some who wish to carry out this tradition but rules should not be bent. If there is such a need, rules can be followed and the animal can be taken to government authorized slaughter houses as per the law,” said a top defence ministry source to the English daily.

The reaction to this diktat has been mixed. While some in the army welcomed the order, others have opposed the move.