Seven years jail for cow slaughter in MP

January 4, 2012

The Madhya Pradesh government has amended a bill wherein a person accused of cow slaughter will have to serve seven years in jail instead of the earlier three.The guilty will also face a minimum fine of 5,000 rupees, a statement said Tuesday.
It said that the Madhya Pradesh cow-progeny slaughter prohibition (amendment) bill has received the presidential assent, following which it has become an act.With the enforcement of the amended act, the responsibility of proving the prosecution wrong would lie with the accused.

The state assembly had in 2010 passed the bill amending the original act of 2004.

The amended act also covers transporters and their agents.

Any police officer not below the rank of head constable or any person authorised in this behalf by competent authority shall have the power of entry, inspection, search and seizure, according to the act.