Expressing his views on the recently issued ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, a Rajasthan High Court judge said that the cow should be declared the National Animal of India. The statement was made by Judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma of the Rajasthan High Court. Sharma also said that the existing punishment for cow slaughter which is 10 years imprisonment should be increased to life sentence to check cow slaughter. Sharma further said that Rajasthan’s Chief Secretary should coordinate with the central government to see if his recommendations can be implemented.
Providing the example of Nepal, Sharma said, “Nepal is a Hindu nation and has declared the cow as its national animal…It is expected from the state government that they should take action to get a legal entity for the cow in this country.” It may be recalled that Sharma is retiring today from active duty as a High Court judge.
Sharma made the observations today while he was hearing a compliance report related to the management of a cow shelter located near the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Sharma said that his recommendations were the voices of his soul and he has made the recommendations since he is a devotee of Lord Shiva, who is known for his love for cows.