Cow slaughter to be punishable by life sentence in Gujarat

Cow slaughter to be punishable by life sentence in Gujarat

Government of Indian state to introduce a bill bolstering existing laws against butchering the revered animals

The leader of an Indian state has announced that slaughtering cows and transporting beef will soon be punishable by a life sentence, the harshest penalty yet for crimes against the revered animal in the Hindu-majority country.

The chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, said his government would introduce a bill in the next week to bolster existing laws against butchering cows and related crimes. The current punishment is a Rs50,000 fine (£622) and up to seven years in jail.

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