The Karnataka anti-cow slaughter law has come into effect on January 18. It is the law for protecting and preventing cows and illegal slaughter.
All the provisions that are laid under the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance, 2020 have now come into effect.
As per the provisions, imprisonment of 3 and 7 years and/or a fine up to Rs 5 lakh will be imposed.
For Subsequent offences, imprisonment up to 7 years and a fine up to Rs 10 lakh can be imposed.
As per the provisions, cow slaughter and slaughter of calves is not allowed. However, the slaughter of buffaloes above 13 years of age is allowed.
Illegal culling, selling, or transportation of cows is now punishable.
It has been made clear that in case of infectious disease in a cow, it can be culled or slaughtered.
The assent to the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill-2020 was given by the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala in January. The bill was passed in the state assembly in December 2020.