Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said their government is dealing strictly with matters related to forced religious conversions and cow slaughter.
“Be it the law to save cows from slaughter, the law to stop land grabbing, or the law to punish those involved in chain-snatching,” the chief minister said. “We also brought a law to stop ‘love jihad’. We are dealing strictly with those who trap Hindu girls and elope with them.”
CM Rupani was addressing the gathering Maldhari community, whose traditional occupation is cattle-rearing, after performing the ground-breaking ceremony for a planned building of the Raika Education Charitable Trust.
The Gujarat government had passed the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, in the state Assembly in April. The act provides strict punishment for forcible or `fraudulent' religious conversions through marriage.
The Rupani-led government had also passed the Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act, in 2017. Under this law, slaughtering cattle, including cows, calves and bulls can result in a minimum of 10 years in jail for the offenders. The prison term could extend to a life sentence.
Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said CM Rupani played an important role in bringing a tough law against cow slaughter.