Make cow national animal: Jamiat chief
The government should consider according national animal status to the cow, Jamiat Ulema-i- Hind president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said on Wednesday while expressing concern at the "atmosphere of fear" following violence by 'gau rakshaks'. "The government should give national animal status to the cow and we will support it," Madani, who heads the influential body that represents a large number of Islamic scholars in the country, said at a press conference.
An "atmosphere of fear" prevails in the country due to incidents of violence, that included even murder, by cow vigilantes, he said.
"These young gau rakshaks are exploiting religion to loot and murder people and taking law into their own hands. We respect the religious sentiments of our Hindu brethren but no one can be allowed to take law and order into their own hands," he said.
Referring to the issue of triple talaq that is likely to come up in the Supreme Court on Thursday, he said it was a religious matter and could have only a religious solution. "If the Supreme Court comes out with such an acceptable solution, we will welcome it," Madani said.
The apex court, he added, should ask the ulemas, or Islamic scholars, to discuss its objections and come out with solutions before direct intervention in the matter.
"The court should give a chance to the ulemas to discuss and sort out its objections over triple talaq. Then they (Supreme Court) may consider those solutions and give
judgement. Such a judgement based on religious interpretation will be acceptable to us," he said.