Core of the discussion:-
Coming down heavily on the Centre for not doing enough to stop violence across the country in the name of cow protection, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism done by cow vigilante groups (or gau rakshaks) who take law into their hands are prevented and dealt with effectively.
A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also directed the chief secretaries of every state government to file a status report giving details of the actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.
The Bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar, asked the Centre to respond to the submission that it (Central government) could issue directions under Article 256 of the Constitution to all state governments on issues related to law and order.
How it all started:-
The Apex Court was hearing a PIL filed by Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, about the states’ and Centre’s reluctance to take responsibility despite cow vigilantes wrecking havoc and resorting to murder in the name of the cow, seeking various reliefs, including a direction to all the governments to take preventive measures against cow vigilantism.
The apex court also asked chief secretaries of each state to consult DGPs to keep highways safe from cow vigilante groups. Four BJP-ruled states: Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat accepted the court’s suggestion to appoint dedicated nodal police officers
Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Gandhi, referred to various incidents of lynching and assault on the pretext that the victims were either carrying or in possession of beef or had eaten it.
She also referred to an earlier statement of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar that the Central government did not approve of such incidents of people taking law into their hands. Besides Gandhi, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla had earlier filed a similar petition on the issue.
Still in search:-
It is now been tracked that how restrictions imposed on illegal slaughter houses soon took the shape of a violent movement against livestock killing with gau rakshaks engaging in rampages and lynching leading to rise of communal tensions in the country.