Uttarakhand state law commission suggests to declare cow as national mother

The Uttarakhand state law commission has suggested an amendment in the State’s Protection of Cow Progeny Act 2007 to declare cow as the ‘rashtra mata (national mother)’.

The law commission in its reports referred to cow as the rashtra mata, this despite the fact that a resolution regarding this is still pending before the Centre. Last year in September, the Uttarakhand assembly unanimously passed a resolution to declare Cow as the nation mother.

The resolution even received support from the opposition Congress. The commission has also given various recommendations towards amending the 2007 act such as setting up of veterinary centres and shelters for stray cows and also penalising cattle owners in case of cruelty to the animal. It has also recommended setting up toll-free numbers to report cruelty against cows.

Chairman of the commission Justice Rajesh Tandon suggested reviving anticipatory bail which was suspended during 1975 Emergency. The commission has also suggested various obsolete archaic laws, which have been in place since the time when Uttarakhand was a part of Uttar Pradesh, to be scrapped.

The recommendations have already been presented before Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and state Law Minister Prakash Pant. (With PTI inputs)