Bakrid: BMC to put online system in place to grant individuals permissions for slaughter

As Eid ul Zuha approaches, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corportaion (BMC)  has made arrangements to put in place an online system to get permissions to slaughter animals during the festival, reports NDTV India. The municipal body is also in the process of creating an app for the same. Those who want to get the permission for the sacrifice can enter their details and get the required permission.

Eid ul Zuha is commonly know as Bakrid as goats are sacrificed during the festival.

The report added that during Bakrid, Mumbai's Deonar abattoir processes almost two and a half lakh goats as buyers take them home to sacrifice. According to the general manager of the abattoir, Yogesh Shetye, the online system will also allow the BMC to clean up in an efficient manner as they would know where the sacrifices were made.

According to The Indian Express, animals can only be slaughtered in abattoirs under the existing laws. However, the BMC will use its power to make an exception to this rule and for three days to allow people to slaughter animals in other places as well, owing to the festival. This will be done under Section 403E of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act (MMCA) and written permission will be given to those who purchase animals from the Deonar abattoir. The online process will be available for a limited time between 21 August and 4 September.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Until now the gate pass issued at the abattoir was accepted as permission. But this system would cause problems as the final buyer's name would not be on the gate pass.The new system allows a person with a valid gate pass to get the required permission after uploading their details online along with an identification proof.

The move has not been met with appreciation all around as Mohamed Qureshi, president of the Mumbai Suburban Beef Dealer Association, called it a "needless harassment" and said that asking for personal details was a way to intimidate Muslims. The Indian Express quotes him as saying, "If the BMC simply wants to maintain data, why do they need addresses and government ID proofs, when none of that was required earlier? Given the political developments in the country, first they imposed the beef ban, and are now monitoring people celebrating Bakrid. Many people are unaware of these registration norms and this is just a way to create an atmosphere of fear.”

Other Muslims too felt that the new system would be a way to harass people and was not practical. Congress corporator Asif Zakaria told The Indian Express that it was an unnecessary form of harassment as non tech-savvy people may not be able to use the system and won't be able to get the online permission.

Updated Date: Aug 14, 2017 13:25 PM

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