BJP should include Halal Certification prohibition in the election manifesto : Hindu Janajagruti Samiti

Bengaluru – ‘Before Ugadi (Gudhipadva), the administrative authorities should encourage jhatka meat shops everywhere in Karnataka. We want to make entire Karnataka Halal free. Crores of rupees earned from these halal certified shops are being used in anti-India activities. This should be thoroughly investigated’, Mr Mohan Gowda, State Spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, said while talking to the correspondent of India Today.

Last year also before Ugadi, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had conducted a campaign across the State over the same issue. At that time Samiti was 70% successful in persuading people to buy jhatka meat. Most people avoided buying Halal-certified meat, it said. The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has demanded that the BJP should include the issue about making a law prohibiting Halal Certification in its election manifesto.

There is currently a lot of discussion on the issue of Halal Certification. Not only the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, but many BJP leaders in Karnataka have objected to this. ‘Why are Hindus being forced to buy Halal meat?’, these organisations have asked.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a Government certification body. Still, many organisations unofficially issue Halal certificates in lieu of money. BJP leader CT Ravi recently asked who gave permission to Muslim organisations to certify Halal products.

What is ‘halal’ and ‘jhatka’ meat ?

In order to obtain halal meat, the animal’s jugular vein is slit with its mouth facing towards the Mecca and the animal is left to die in pain. This causes massive bleeding followed by the animal’s death. In Indian religions such as Hindu Dharma, Sikhism, the animal is killed by ‘jhatka’ method. In this method, the neck of the animal is cut in a single strike. This causes minimal pain to the animal.

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