Tripura HC bans animal sacrifice in all temples with immediate effect

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A division bench was hearing a PIL signed in 2018, seeking whether the animal sacrifice in state temples is a secular act and whether prohibiting the practice would infringe the fundamental right to follow and propagate religion.

The Tripura High Court has banned sacrifice of animals and birds in temples with immediate effect and directed the state government to earmark land for opening shelter home for rearing livestock donated by devotees at these temples.

“No person including the state shall be allowed to sacrifice any animal or bird within the precincts of any one of the temples within the State of Tripura,” the order read.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh was hearing a PIL, signed in 2018, seeking whether the animal sacrifice in state temples is a secular act and whether prohibiting the practice would infringe the fundamental right to follow and propagate religion.

The bench also ordered the District Magistrate and Collectors of Gomati and West Tripura to ensure implementation of the orders at Tripureshwari Temple and Chaturdas Devata Bari Temple and directed to provide soft copies of recording from CCTV cameras installed at both temples at the end of every month to concerned authorities.

The court’s direction came in response to one of the points mentioned in the petition seeking whether putting a stop to the animal sacrifice, which has been prevalent for at least 500 years in Tripureshwari Devi Temple in Tripura’s Gomati district, can be construed as an essential and integral part of religion and if a religious practice based on ritual, custom, tenet or tradition, can be allowed to continue notwithstanding provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

As per state provisions, one goat is sacrificed every day under patronage of the district administration at Mata Tripurasundari Devi Temple and “substantial number of animals”: are sacrificed as“bali”(offering to the Goddess) on special occasions like Diwali. Mata Tripureshwari is considered to be one of 51 Hindu ‘Shakti Peethas’ and animal sacrifice is not an essential and integral part of the Hindu religion.

The petitioner argued that slaughtering animals in the name of sacrifice to a goddess is a practice in the nature of social evil and is against the Constitutional mandate and spirit. He also reasoned that the practice is cruelty against animals.

Meanwhile, the counsel for the state said that practice of animal sacrifice is a “long accepted procedure of Hindu rituals of theTantrikmethod of worship of theDash Maha Vidya(ten forms of the Goddess of the Hindus).”
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WTF. As if demographic invasion from Bangladesh and missionary activities weren't enough, Hindus in Tripura being squeezed out by our great judiciary.
 

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This can only be stopped if a large amount of Hindus mobilise( many lakhs) and protest. It will also help if a section of them threaten the judge and their families. Begging the milords won't help.

However most dindus on the internet were talking about how 'their religion doesn't allow animal sacrifice' and 'why hurt animals bro' . Retarded fucks.
 

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This is a really stupid judgement. Right to live exists only for sacrifice in a temple, but not at KFC or beef brigade or bakrid???
If they have the balls, let them ban it completely . What is with this targeting of individual rituals.

The courts have lost their intellectual capacities IMO.
 

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When your community is perceived to be weak and divided, people shall take such liberties. Let's see courts even entertain a plea on bakraid.

This can only be fought will mass civil disobedience. The people need to act and force the hands of the government.
 

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This is a really stupid judgement. Right to live exists only for sacrifice in a temple, but not at KFC or beef brigade or bakrid???
If they have the balls, let them ban it completely . What is with this targeting of individual rituals.

The courts have lost their intellectual capacities IMO.
It's not about intellectual capacities. They know they can fuck with Hindus without consequences. Coupled with the arrogance most judges have for their position, disdain for hindu practices that do not match their 'modern sensibilities' and you get this. Just look at twitter trends so many dindus justifying this as backward.
 

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After Sabarimala, now Maa Tripureswari Temple, the Judiciary is killing the diversity of traditions within Hinduism

Certain men in black robes have taken it upon themselves to be the reformers of the Hindu community.

On the 27th of September, the Tripura High Court bannedPashubali (animal sacrifice) at Maa Tripureswari Temple. The Tripureswari Temple, also known as Tripura Sundari temple, is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths, and is located in the ancient city of Udaipur in Tripura. The shrineis also known as Matabari among the local people. Being a Shakti Peeth, animal sacrifice was being practised at this holy shrine.

In the judgment banning the ancient tradition of the temple, it became quite evident that certain men in black robes have taken it upon themselves to be the reformers of the Hindu community. In doing so, they seem to have exceeded the mandate granted to them by the Indian Constitution. Now, we are at a point where the Constitution is whatever the judges deem it to be based on their personal whims on a given day. A particular worldview is being forced down our throats without our consent. This is the embodiment of tyranny.

The Court ruled, “The right of offering an animal for sacrifice is not an integral and essential part of the religion, protected under Article 25(1) of the Constitution. As such, no right of the freedom of professing any religion by the State can be said to have been violated. State has no religion other than constitutionalism and the expression ‘person’ under Article 25 has to be in reference to natural person. Withdrawal of such practice would not tantamount to any change, fundamental in character of the religion.”

The Bench observed, “Which religion or community mandates infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on an animal? Which religion prescribes that physical or mental pain or suffering should not be eliminated in the pre-slaughter stage? Which religion would want its followers not to treat animal with compassion, care or a humane approach? And above all, which religion would allow itself to be shackled to dogma, superstition and unfounded beliefs so as not to reform and be in tune with the changing times in pursuit of Constitutional goals and morality.”

Such pearls of wisdom only flow from the Court when the practice in question belongs to the Hindu faith. They are nowhere to be found when barbaric Islamic practices are to be presided upon. The questions that the Court poses would mean that the consumption of all meat would have to be banned completely. One cannot argue for the right to eat anything that one pleases and at the same time, decree that the religious sacrifice of animals to our Gods and Goddesses be banned.

It is hypocritical of the highest order and infringes upon basic norms of decency. The judgment is a tyrannical imposition of a certain worldview upon the Hindu community. There are certain sects and traditions within Hinduism that demand the sacrificial offering of certain animals to Gods and Goddesses.

The rhetorical questions posed by the Court only serve the purpose of moral grandstanding, nothing more. The entire purpose of it was to present themselves as holier than everybody else in the room, nothing else. I could quote Hindu scriptures and Hindu beliefs but that wouldn’t matter. It certainly didn’t in the Sabarimala Verdict. The case was decided the moment a PIL was filed in that regard in the Court. Presentation of evidence, arguments in favour and against, all of this was a charade to give people the impression that due process was followed.

There is scriptural sanction for animal sacrifice. It’s a known fact that certain forms of worship cannot be conducted without the sacrificial offerings of animals. However, people who have no respect for our beliefs and have absolutely no regard for scriptures until and unless they conform to their worldview will continue to ignore such facts in the face of the obvious.

To the Judiciary and everyone who is not fond of Pashubali, I say, leave us alone. I ask of you what the devotees of Sabarimala have been asking for a year. We are not imposing our beliefs on you, do not impose yours on us. Hinduism has a diversity of traditions. We hear people boasting about the diversity of traditions within Hinduism all the time. And yet, whenever it so happens that their words are put to the test, suddenly their voices are found to be not so raucous.

While people boast of the diversity within Hinduism, the same is being culled day by day, one tradition at a time. The Judiciary is not realizing the immense damage that it has caused to its own reputation. What happened in the aftermath of the Sabarimala Verdict was an open revolt against the Judiciary. It was an entire community refusing to bow down to the tyrannical verdicts of the Indian Judiciary. If its crazy edicts do not stop anytime soon, we will soon see a nationwide revolt against it.

For the state to function effectively, the men who represent it must respect the cultural practices and traditions of the people they govern or preside over. Else, it will lead to a breakdown in the society like the one we observed in the aftermath of the Sabarimala Verdict. All the devotees ever wanted was for them to be left alone to practice their religious faith. But certain people in their hubris decided to trample upon them.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, too, needs to stand up to Judicial Tyranny. The leaders of the BJP visited the Temple on numerous occasions during the elections. Now, it’s their duty to protect the sacred traditions of the Temple. One can only hope that the state government will refuse to implement the order. The judgment also reveals that it’s high time for the Central government to pass a law to explicitly protect Hindu Traditions from Judicial Tyranny. It was one of their manifesto promises.

Last year, it was the Sabarimala Temple under attack. This year, only a day before the anniversary of the Sabarimala verdict, it is the Tripureswari temple under attack. This has got to end. According to reports, the Tripura government will appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court. One can only hope that better sense prevails. Otherwise, if all the traditions that make our civilization unique are banned, there will be nothing worth preserving at all.

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The target ain't some minor temple, it is a shakti peeth...like Kalighat, Kamakhya, Amarnath, Srisailam, Kanchi Kamakshi Amman, Bakreshwar.

The temple is considered to be one of the 51 Shakti Peethas; legend says that the right leg of Sati fell here. Here, Shakti is worshipped as Tripurasundarī and the accompanying Bhairava is Tripuresh. The main shrine, a cubical edifice with a three-tier roof with a finial, erected by Maharaja of Tripura Dhanya Manikya in 1501 AD, is constructed in the Bengali Ek-ratna style.

Every year on the occasion of Diwali, a famous Mela takes place near the temple which is visited by more than 0.2 million pilgrims.
500+ years no problem, everything went on fine. God knows how many invaders this site survived.

 

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Judges in Islamic countries don't stoop to such depths.

Milords who made this happen in India:

 

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I will actually support this.
But they must ban all kind of religious animal slaughter like in Bakrid
Devotees consume the meat after the bali, even donate to the homeless and beggars in temple premises. How is it any different from those who eat non-veg with meat sourced from butcher shops?
 

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Nothing goes to waste, nothing. Even the bones, horns, hide find utility. Very very small scale...west based NGOs are instigating divisions and trouble here forgetting about the meat industry back home. We can't enforce vegetarianism on our people, besides our religion is very diverse. Why should they stop this practice, something they inherited from their forefathers. Slaughtering goats for food violates which law exactly? It is their way of showing love to the deity and an integral part of Tantric/Shakti versions of our dharma. Adi Sankara went to that part of the country (Kamarup) and tried to dissuade this practice, he failed, who the fuck are these judges? Kamakhya is the centre of Tantra, will these idiots come after her next, challenge her? These mofos are doing what our invaders desisted from doing, attacking a core part of our religion. Imagine the effect this will have on the psyche of Tripura's devotees, a nonsense judgement. Why can't Hindus be happy with their own version and traditions, why interfere in other sects/paths? Isn't that what our religion is about, an umbrella that creates a multitude of belief systems to co-exist?
 

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Why is that most of the news in media does not make any sense nowadays?

I think I should only stick to military threads.
 

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For the hypocrites who want these selective bans, remember this map below (might not be totally accurate)...if you agree with fundamental right to life for animals as these judges wrote, push for an all India meat (+seafood) ban. If you can't, then shut the fuck up, India isn't a 'veg only' country !!!

Animal cruelty free world is impossible. They use rats and rabbits in drug testing, scientific research, cosmetics trials etc, extending it further we kill so many bugs, birds, reptiles knowingly and unknowingly. If you consume milk and/or eggs you are responsible for red meat and poultry industries. Claiming a moral high ground is extremely difficult unless one is a sanyasi or Jain monk.
 

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Sabarimala: Even BJP/RSS supported court decision initially before backlash. Apart from usual suspects sad to say many ignorant/arrogant non-Mallus (esp Northies who had never heard about Ayyappa) did chewtiyapa. First they came for____ wallah quote applicable.

Diwali Cracker ban: Many environmental activists emerging from our community. Nobody will talk about remaining 364 days, or about stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana.

Tripura Animal Sacrifice: Vegetarians, upper castes, Jains, Marwaris, PETA followers...PIL filed by Hindu, judges Hindu, those celebrating Hindu.

Worst miss was Jallikkattu...remember many non-Tamil Hindus supporting the court's decision and believing rumors, fake news, insulting it by calling it barbaric practice. Same assholes would sell their baap ki jagir to fly to Spain and watch their bullfights. In Spain the animals are speared to death, in TN the animal is raised and taken care of like a family member, not killed...guess which of them was called barbaric. Many prominent Muslim voices too supported the ban initially before catching the drift. Hindus (and BJP) allowed the Tamil nationalists and Dravidians to appropriate that mass movement. Jaya was dead by then I think, if she were alive things would have turned out differently.

We are our own enemies, no wonder we saw centuries of foreign rule. Dharma should unite us, instead we have fights over language, caste, North/South, festivals, sects, cuisine yada yada.
 

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Sabarimala: Even BJP/RSS supported court decision initially before backlash. Apart from usual suspects sad to say many ignorant/arrogant non-Mallus (esp Northies who had never heard about Ayyappa) did chewtiyapa. First they came for____ wallah quote applicable.

Diwali Cracker ban: Many environmental activists emerging from our community. Nobody will talk about remaining 364 days, or about stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana.

Tripura Animal Sacrifice: Vegetarians, upper castes, Jains, Marwaris, PETA followers...PIL filed by Hindu, judges Hindu, those celebrating Hindu.

Worst miss was Jallikkattu...remember many non-Tamil Hindus supporting the court's decision and believing rumors, fake news, insulting it by calling it barbaric practice. Same assholes would sell their baap ki jagir to fly to Spain and watch their bullfights. In Spain the animals are speared to death, in TN the animal is raised and taken care of like a family member, not killed...guess which of them was called barbaric. Many prominent Muslim voices too supported the ban initially before catching the drift. Hindus (and BJP) allowed the Tamil nationalists and Dravidians to appropriate that mass movement. Jaya was dead by then I think, if she were alive things would have turned out differently.

We are our own enemies, no wonder we saw centuries of foreign rule. Dharma should unite us, instead we have fights over language, caste, North/South, festivals, sects, cuisine yada yada.
Our own Hindus in this very forum are supportive of it. They usually follow it by saying 'ifs' and 'buts' , not that it matters.
 

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