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First arrest under new cow protection law in India

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Indian police have arrested the first person under a new cow protection law, which prohibits the slaughter of these animals. For example, law enforcement officers in Karnataka arrested a truck driver who was transporting cattle, NDTV reported.

The man was attacked by unknown assailants who forcibly stopped the truck and searched it. As a result, the Indian was hospitalized, accused of illegal transport of livestock, and a criminal case was opened against the attackers.

State Attorney General JC Madhuswami said he was unaware of the incident and the arrest, but found it unacceptable to attack drivers while defending animal welfare laws.

The law was adopted at the end of 2020. According to its provisions, the perpetrators can be imprisoned for a term of three to seven years. In addition, they face a fine of $ 683- $ 6833. If a person is accused of slaughtering a second time, he faces a term of imprisonment of seven years in prison, and the fine will increase to 1366-13.6 thousand dollars.

The law sparked a wave of protests. His opponents noted, in particular, that due to the adoption of the norm, many farmers will suffer losses.

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