Independent Legislator Throws Beef Party In MLA Hostel In Kashmir

7 October 2015
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Two days after the beef ban issue rocked the Jammu Kashmir Assembly, an independent legislator and MLA Langate Er Abdur Rashid Wednesday threw a beef party at MLA Hostel in Srinagar. The legislator hosted the party in the lawns of MLA hostel, here this evening and served the guests with beef kebabs, meat balls (ristas) and other beef dishes. 'People from different walks of life attended the beef party in the premises of MLA hostel,' Rashid told reporters. He thanked the guests for attending his beef party. 'The purpose of the get-together was to give a clear and loud message to legislature, power corridors, judiciary and other institutions that nobody needs to seek permission for what to eat and what not to eat,' Rashid said adding interference in religious affairs and fundamental rights will not be tolerated. The independent legislator, who has moved a private bill in J&K Assembly to press for scrapping of beef ban law in the State, said the beef party by no means was organised to hurt anybody's sentiments. He has submitted a Private Members Bill to delete Section 298 A and 298 B of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) seeking revocation of the law dating back to 1862 that bans slaughter and sale of beef in Jammu Kashmir. Rashid said legislators should read the writing on the wall and must foil all the designs by voting in favour of the bill seeking revocation of ban on beef. He said legislature and other institutions need to understand that religious rights cannot be made controversial by dragging them to courts or any assembly. While Rashid was serving the guests, many BJP MLAs staying in the MLAs Hostel, watched from their room in silence. Opposition National Conference had also moved a bill in the Legislative Assembly seeking to decriminalize slaughter of cows and sale and consumption of beef in the State. The beef ban issue paralysed functioning of J&K Assembly for two days. The Jammu wing of J&K High Court had last month imposed ban on sale and consumption of beef in the State and had directed J&K police chief to strictly enforce ban on sale and act against those violating the order. A week later Srinagar wing of J&K High Court admitted a petition seeking scrapping of the beef ban law and issued notices to the government. After two conflicting orders by the High Court, J&K Government approached Supreme Court, which on Monday in a major breather to the State government ordered suspension of beef ban for two months imposed by Jammu wing of High Court. The apex court has directed Chief Justice of J&K High Court to set up three-judge bench to decide on two conflicting orders on the issue.