Three tribals( Paroja community) are arrested in koraput district due to their food practice( killing cow to eat the meat.)

Three tribals( Paroja community) are arrested due to killing cow to eat the meat.

Dear friends,

This is very disturbing news from Koraput tribal dominated district of Orissa. There was a news in Oriya daily Samaj & Sambad on 11th of August that four tribals( Jhinu Jani, Bhagban paroja, Dhanpati paroja from the paroja community of Baipariguda block were arrested by Baipariguda police station in charge of killing a cow, which the villagers purchased from the nearby market paying Rs.1300. Four people have fled away from the village in fear of police arrest.

While the tribals are dressing the cow meat for distribution the community members some VHP , bajarang dal and RSS people came there and stopped the people and informed the local police station and police arrested four tribals. As per the news they were arrested in charge of killing the cow.

Some Questions are coming to my mind.

How tribals can be arrested for eating cow of course they have to kill the cow for meat. This is a tradition that different tribals eat cow meat in different festivals. Perhaps this is for the first time in Orissa that some tribals are arrested for eating cow meat.

When people are eating goat, chicken, ship meat what is wrong for some people to eat cow meat? When I asked some of my friends about the news they told me that there is a law of 1960 about ban against killing of Cow. Is there any law like that in Orissa ? If at all that should be scraped immediately.

I searched the net but could not able to find out anything. IF anybody has any news please circulate that.

Let us not forget that there is PESA which gives freedom to the tribals to practice the tradition of their own. In many festivals in Orissa thousands of goat, chicken are killed/sacrificed before God & Goddess but nobody is arrested.

This is a clear case of violation of tribal’s right to Food.

In health reason like spreading of Anthrax is a different thing. But tribals should not be arrested because of their food practice.

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