A circular of Periyakulam municipality ordering the owners of slaughter houses not to function between 15 August 2020 and 24 August 2020 due to a Jain community festival named as “Paryushan Parv” has raised the eyebrows of Tamil speaking twitter users. The most important annual holy event for Jains, is usually celebrated in August or September to increase their level of spiritual intensity often using fasting such as following non-vegetarian diet.
In some Indian States, slaughter houses are kept closed for 1–8 days during the Paryushana festival. It is done in states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, that have large population of the Jain community. Strangely, the circular of Periyakulam, a municipality in Tamil nadu, precedents the judgment provided by the Supreme court in the year 2008 to restrict the meat shops from functioning.
A 2008 Supreme court Judgement by Justices Markandey Katju and HK Sema granted municipal corporations the power to impose a ban on meat slaughter during Paryushan. In their judgement, the justices said that 8 or 9 days is not a long time in a whole year for slaughter houses to shut down. “It is for the sake of tolerance within India’s diverse society” the judgment said.
“We have to take a balanced view of the matter. there is a large population of the Jain communities in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Out of respect for their sentiments, surely the non-vegetarians can remain vegetarians for 9 days in a year” the judgement said which also anecdoted Mughal emperor Akbar forbidding meat eating for 6 months in Gujarat to give equal respect to people of all the communities.
In this circular of Periyakulam municipality ordered all kind of slaughter houses not to function for 10 days. “Upon violation, the meats will be seized and severe action will be taken against the violators.” the notice read.
Check out the circular that got published below :
As soon as the notice got surfaced in the micro blogging social media site, people started questioning the strange practice being initiated in a state like Tamil nadu. “We haven’t even heard about such thing before. If you doesn’t like, you stop eating. Why should we people stop eating meat?” asked one of a Twitter user whereas another one asked what Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam who belongs to Periyakulam is doing.
Check out some of their reactions below :
Periyakulam municipality (theni district,TN) bans slaughter of goat/chicken from 15.08.2020 to 24.08.2020 for a period of 10days to observe the Jain festival of 'Paryushana Parv'!We aren't a Hindu Rashtra yet! We happen to be a 'Jain rashtra'!— Dusky Tamizhachi (@TamizhRatsaschi) August 14, 2020
Unadultered North Indian invasion! pic.twitter.com/3hGfZG4Iuy
இது என்னப்பா பரூஷன் பர்வா— munna (@kamalianism) August 14, 2020
பெரிய குளத்துக்கு தெரிஞ்சது எல்லாமே புஷ்பா புருஷா தானே pic.twitter.com/91wPE4M7O2
WTF????— தோழர் ஆதி™ 😎🔥 (@RjAadhi2point0) August 14, 2020
என்ன கூத்து இதெல்லாம்?? முன்னப்பின்ன நடந்து நாம பாத்ததே இல்லையே.. அட கேள்விப்பட்டது கூட இல்லையே.. நீ என்ன கருமத்தையும் அனுசரிச்சிட்டு போ.. வேணும்றவன் திங்காம இருந்துக்க.. மக்கள் என்னா மயித்துக்கு டா அனுசரிக்கனுமாம்…?? pic.twitter.com/Mr7OdrnIw3
ஒரு MLA, MP கூடயில்லை, இவங்க ஆராஜகம் தாங்க முடியல, ஒருவேலை இவங்க ஒரு சீட்டு ஜெய்ச்சிட்டா அவ்வளவு தான் ,போச்சு நம்மள அசைவம் சாப்பட கூடாது அப்படி அரசு ஆணையிட சொன்னாலும் நம்ம ஆச்சரிய படுறதுகில்லை, நம்ம வாய முடிட்டுதான் இருக்கனும் போல🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️— சரவணா (@itisme_bo) August 14, 2020
கூடா நட்பு கேடாய் முடியும் – சொல்லுவாங்க.
However, a latest update emerged saying that the circular has been withdrawn by the Chairman of the District Administration.