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Beef crisis: Govt. can’t control eating habits but cows are sacred – Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Updated: 09:52 GMT, Jun 17, 2017 | Published: 09:28 GMT, Jun 17, 2017 |
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Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said the eating habits of people cannot be controlled, but there is a need to strike a balance since a very large number of people in India revere cows.

“We should not forget that a very large section of people respects and reveres cows… we can’t control the food habits of people. There has to be a balance,” Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media in Delhi.

The Minister referred to Article 48 of the Constitution which says: “The State shall… take steps for preserving and improving the breeds and prohibiting the slaughter of cows and calves and other milch and draught cattle.”

Referring to the huge pendency of cases, the law minister said he will write to the chief justices of high courts across the country to expedite disposal of cases — both civil and criminal — pending for 10 years or more.

The minister said he will seek to “ensure physical verification of the pending cases so as to ascertain the real pendency”.

He said it had been found that matters in which orders on applications have already been passed were still being counted as pending.