NAVI MUMBAI: A city-based group of activists and lawyers has urged chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to regulate the upcoming Bakr Eid event later this month in view of the ongoing pandemic.
Lawyer Siddh Vidya told TOI: “Last year, the Bombay high court had given an interim order that animals like sheep and goats can be sacrificed only in a legitimate slaughterhouse like the Deonar abattoir during Bakr Eid or at sites approved by the civic authorities. We have urged the CM to ensure that there is no illegal transportation and killing of animals at public places or in housing societies. The high court order must be enforced.”
Nearly 3 lakh sheep and goats will be ferried to MMR areas during Bakr Eid.
“We have already curtailed several other religious events on account of the Covid-19 situation. There was also a talk about donating money and food to the poor during Bakr Eid instead of actually slaughtering animals as part of the sacrifice ritual. Hence, such positive changes are necessary to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread at that time,” said Vidya.
Another city activist Rohitt Malhotra said: “It is highly risky and unhygienic to slaughter goats inside flats or societies during Bakr Eid, besides being against the high court’s interim order. If the state government does not show any inclination to stop the practices during this upcoming event, then our group will approach the court for the sake of public health. All communities must understand that we have to tackle the virus on a war footing.”
Many citizens have also appealed that the number of animals to be slaughtered can also be reduced by having just one token sacrifice per mohalla or a localised area, instead of killing many more animals per flat or per society.
“Ultimately, the rule of law must prevail, while observing various Indian customs and traditions. Even the Ganpati festival will be curtailed on account of the Covid pandemic,” said activist Anarjit Chauhan.