UP MLA Zameerullah Khan Launches 'Save the Cow' Campaign

cowsSamajwadi Party MLA Zameerullah Khan has launched a “save cow” campaign in Utter Pradesh. As part of this initiative, Muslim clerics, imams and other Muslim leaders will visit mosques and administer oath to the members of the community to save cows and prevent cow slaughter.

SP MLA from Kol assembly in Aligarh said over phone -”Since Hindus, who are our elder brothers, see cow as ‘Gau Mata’, we respect their beliefs. I, along with other Muslims, will take oath to save cows. “I will make Muslim brethren vow neither to slaughter cows nor consume cow meat. I would be the first one to take the oath” he said.

The first oath will be taken by thousands of people in Tappal village where an alleged incident of cow slaughter triggered tension a few days ago. We will eventually go to every village and make Muslim brothers take the oath, he said. The exercise to take oath will be repeated at different mosques every Friday.

 Mr Khan said, "Cow is sacred to Hindus, who are like big brothers. As far as cow slaughter is concerned, one man slaughters the animal and defames the entire community. Why do something to hurt their feelings?" he said

He said that when other "alternatives" like buffalo and goats were available, why slaughter cows?

"We gave a memorandum to the SSP recently in this regard. Even Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is against cow slaughter. Even Muslims want it therefore, it should be stopped," he said.

Mr khan has also prepared a proforma, which has to be filled by every person who sells cow. He has got the proforma distributed to all police stations, following direction from Aligarh Range DIG Govind Agarwal, who has made the same mandatory for all cattle sellers. The same will be applicable for the cow buyer too.

The proforma seeks information like names, addresses, photo identity proofs, mobile numbers of buyers and sellers along with no objection certificates from concerned police stations for selling cows, purpose of selling cows and also a brief description of the cow.

A number of Hindu organisations have lauded the initiative by Mr Khan. "It is a good and welcome move. There should be no cow slaughter as it is beneficial for humanity," VHP spokesman Sharad Sharma said and called for participation from members of both the communities.