12/11/2015 10:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

President Pranab Mukherjee Gives Assent To Haryana Cow Protection Bill

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Close-up of the eye of a local cow calf, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to Harayana's Bill banning cow slaughter, which was passed by the state Assembly earlier this year, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said today.

With the 'Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill' turning into a law, cow slaughter in Haryana will now attract a rigorous imprisonment ranging from three years to 10 years.

"The bill has come into force in the form of a law with immediate effect," Khattar said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a function organised by 'Vishwakarma Sabha Haryana' on the occasion of Vishwakarma Diwas at Meham in Rohtak district, according to an official release.

Khattar said that under the provisions of the new law, cow trafficking, slaughtering and eating beef are banned in the state.

"Many states have congratulated Haryana for this initiative," he said.

Notably, for 'protection and upkeep' of cows, Haryana Assembly had in March this year passed the Bill which clamps a complete ban on cow slaughter in the state and provides for a rigorous imprisonment ranging from three years to ten years for killing the animal.

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