After the new Assam Cattle bill was proposed by the ruling government which said, slaughter of cows and sale of beef is to banned in 5-kilometre radius of temples, Congress MP from Barpeta constituency Abdul Khaleque has come down heavily on the Assam Government by asking ban on slaughter of pigs and sale of pork in 500 metres around mosques, as pork is forbidden in Islam.
He said that the provisions of the new Cattle Bill introduced by the Assam Government’s in the Assembly would strike balance if slaughter of pigs and sale of pork is also banned near mosques. Khaleque said that the new Assam Cattle Bill will also inspire anti-social elements for mob lynching in the State.
Khaleque stated, “Pork is haram (forbidden) in Islam. The new Bill will strike a balance if the State government bans slaughter of pigs and sale of pork, 500 metres around mosques and religious other religious places of Islam.” However he also added, “It is a fundamental right of every citizen of India to be able to choose what he or she eats. The Constitution of India gives that right. It is nothing like that if a Muslim does not eat beef, he is not a Muslim. That’s a wrong notion.”