The Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea challenging the practice of ‘Halal’. Halal is a slaughter of animals for food purposes. The SC rejected the plea saying it cannot decide as to who can be vegetarian or non vegetarian.
The Bench said “the court cannot determine who can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Those who want to eat ‘halal’ meat can eat halal meat and those who want to eat ‘Jhatka’ meat can eat Jhatka”
The plea referred to the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,1960 and urged the court that halal being the most painful way of slaughtering animals as the technique of ‘halal’ is performed by a skilled person belonging to a muslim community and in this technique the animal needs to alive till the last drop of blood gushes out the counsel for the petitioner said.
The petitioner also argued that the act Section 28 exempts the killing of an animal in any manner in pursuance of the religion of any community or any religious rites. The bench was unconvinced and said tomorrow another plea may be filed saying nobody should eat meat. The bench dismissed the plea and said it was mischievous in character.
Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 25-28 of the Constitution of India. India accords everybody the right to practice, propogate and preach their religion. India is a nation that is home to a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. Such plea threatens the fundamental right of people to practice any religion freely without any restrictions.