12/09/2015 2:39 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Haryana Becomes Fifth BJP-Ruled State To Ban Meat For Jain Festival

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MUMBAI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Mumbai's mutton traders shut down the shops as four-day meat ban began due to Jain holy festival of Paryushan on September 10, 2015 in Mumbai, India. Earlier this week, the BMC imposed a ban on sale of meat on four days of the Paryushan festival, while the adjoining Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation in Thane had declared a complete ban during September 11-18. (Photo by Pramod Thakur/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Haryana today joined four other states - Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra - which have banned the sale of meat during the Jain festival of Paryushan from September 10 to 17.

On Friday, the meat ban in Maharashtra was reduced from four to two days by the state government after it was reprimanded by the Bombay High Court which described the prohibition as "regressive" and an "inappropriate formula" for a "modern city like Mumbai."

On the same day, the Chhattisgarh government ordered a ban on the sale of meat for the eight-day long fasting period of the Jain festival and Ganesh Chaturthi.

“Like every year, the Urban Administration Department has issued directives to civic bodies to keep all the slaughter houses and meat shops closed from September 10 to 17 for the Jain Paryushan’ Parv and Ganesh Chaturthi,” Jitendra Shukla, a senior official in Chhattisgarh told the Press Trust of India.

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The Fatehabad Municipal Corporation in Haryana issued a notice to slaughterhouse owners, warning them of legal action if they violate the order, PTI reported on Saturday.

"This is the first time that such a ban order has been issued. It is ironical why no such order is issued during Navratri," said Salim, spokesperson of the Meat Market Association in Fatehabad.

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