Bhopal: President Pratibha Devisingh Patil gave her nod to the Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter (Amendment) Bill, 2010 meant to raise the quantum of punishment for offenders from three years to seven years along with increasing the fine.

As per the amendment bill, the punishment has been raised from three years to seven years along with a fine of Rs 5000. Also, the owner of vehicle involved in cow slaughter can be brought under the ambit of criminal activity.

The Madhya Pradesh Prohibition of Cow Slaughter (Amendment) Bill, 2010 provides for stringent action against the accused involved in cow slaughtering which would discourage people from indulge in the ghastly act.

Earlier, the state government had passed the MPPCS (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to check the gruesome act of cow slaughtering last year.

It is worth mentioning that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party government had sent the amendment bill to the Union Home Ministry on September 3, 2010 for approval. Upon which the President gave her nod on December 22, 2011. Accordingly, the amendment act has been published in the Madhya Pradesh Gazette (Extraordinary) dated on December 31, 2011. Now the state government will implement the law by issuing notification.

Lauding the move, Culture and Public Relations Minister Laxmikant Sharma said, “With the President giving her assent to the bill, it becomes a law. Now the CM will implement the same at the earliest.”

JPN/Bureau