“Secularism is a religion, a religion that is understood. It has no mysteries, no mumblings, no priests, no ceremonies, no falsehoods, no miracles, and no persecutions.”- Robert Green Ingersoll
“Anyone who kills cows or allows others to kill them is deemed to rot in hell as many years as there are hairs upon his body. Likewise, the bull is depicted as a vehicle of Lord Shiva: a symbol of respect for the male cattle.” Allahabad HC observed while giving judgement in the case of Mohd. Abdul Khaliq v State. Court also urged centre to ban cow slaughter in the country and declare cow as “national protected animal” since cow is the representative of divine in Hinduism.
In the instant matter, a plea was filed by Mohd. Abdul Khalid for the dismissal of a criminal case filed against him for cow slaughtering and transportation of sale. Keeping in mind the facts and evidence presented the court refused to quash the case.
The court further referred to the Mahabharata and stated, “In the Mahabharata, Bhishma observes that the cow acts as a surrogate mother by providing milk to human beings for a lifetime, so she is truly the mother of the world. It is forbidden in parts of the Mahabharata, and in the religious and ethical code known as the Manusmirti, and the milk cow was already in the Rigveda said to be “unsayable”.”