Bakrid 2016: The temple town ‘Ayodhya’ in Uttar Pradesh on Monday lifted the ban on animal slaughter to allow qurbani on Muslim festival Bakrid.

The slaughtering of animals is banned in the famous Hindu religious town. However, the local civic body lifts the ban every year to allow Muslims to practice qurbani on Bakrid.

“Everything happens with a great understanding between the two communities,” says a civic official.

“Amid all the controversies over meat and beef, the temple town presents the best example of religious tolerance and respect to religious sentiments of the other community,” he adds.

Muslim families offer qurbani without any fear, despite the ban on animal slaughter.

Talking to TOI, Haji Asad Ahmad, a corporator of Ayodhya Municipal Board, said, “We have been observing ‘qurbani’ in Ayodhya always. Although animal slaughter is banned here, Muslim families offer qurbani on Bakrid without any fear.”

Muslims in Ayodhya offer qurbani in their houses. One has to take care that there is no slaughter in public places. There is no objection from religious leaders or mahants to the qurbani ritual.

“In fact, this system was so spontaneous that nobody had even noticed it earlier. But, now in the era of religious intolerance when people are being attacked and killed over food habit, Ayodhya leads by example. No Hindu religious leader or any mahant have ever objected to the ‘qurbani’ ritual being carried out by hundreds of Muslims in Ayodhya,” said Jamal Akhtar, a local resident.