NEW DELHI: Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday justified ban on cow slaughter and asked all those who want to eat beef to go to Pakistan, Indian news agency reported.
“It is not about loss or profit, it is an issue of faith and belief. It is a sensitive issue for the Hindus,” said the minister.
“Those who are dying without eating beef, can go to Pakistan or Arab countries or any other part of world where it is available,” he said.
“Even Muslims are against it.” he contended.
Earlier in March, the Indian state of Maharashtra had banned the possession and sale of beef. Anyone found in the process of selling or consuming beef can be sentenced to jail for five years and fined Rs10,000.
Before he came to power, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned that the country’s expanding meat industry would lead to its “ruin”.
On the issue of backwardness among Muslims, Naqvi said the Narendra Modi government was taking steps to eradicate poverty among the minorities.
“It is a fact that Muslims have remained away from development. Various social security schemes started by our government would help Muslims in a big way,” he added.