Surat: In another interference of a person’s right to choose what to eat or not, the Gandevi Court in Surat on Friday sentenced a man to three years imprisonment for possessing beef.
Convicted under relevant sections of Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act-2011, the 35-year old Rafik Illyasbhai Khalifa was sent to three years in jail and also slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000.
Given that, any kind of keeping, buying, selling or transporting beef or beef products is banned in Gujarat, the Judge while delivering the judgment said that since “cow is associated with the religious sentiment, therefore such a crime may threaten the peace in the society. The jail term will set an example for others to abstain from committing such a crime.”
He also stated that the argument of the defence that the court should be lenient because the accused was from a poor financial background, was “not justified.”
“It is not justified to reduce the sentence just on the ground that the accused is from a poor background and his family is dependent on him,” the judge observed.
Resident of Devda village in Gandevi taluka of Surat district, Rafik was arrested on October 8, 2014 after he was caught by members of cow protection group while transporting two bags containing 20 kgs beef.
The police later sent the samples to a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), after which it was confirmed that the bag contained beef.