A divisional bench of the High Court of Tripura on Friday pronounced a judgement banning animal sacrifice in the state.

Accordingly, the temples of the state have been directed not to indulge in animal sacrifice.

The bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Loadh pronounced the judgement.

The order is to be implemented in every temple of the state with immediate effect.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) to ban animal sacrifice in various temples of the state was filed in 2018 by Subhash Bhattacharjee, a former judge of Tripura District and Session Court at the High Court.

“Animal sacrifices are taking place in different temples of Tripura since many centuries,” Bhattacharjee mentioned in his petition.

“Once there were human sacrifices as well. If human sacrifices can stop then why can’t the sacrifices of animals be stopped?” he asked in the petition.

“Sacrifice is cruelty towards animals and this should be stopped immediately,” he added.

Interacting with Northeast Now Bhattacharjee said, “There are still a few takers of animal sacrifice. After the judgement, it is, therefore, our duty to aware them.”

Advocate General of Tripura Arun Kanti Bhowmik, meanwhile, said he will discuss the judgement with CM Biplab Kumar Deb later on Friday night.

“Religious beliefs and people’s sentiments are associated with this matter. If the state government wish for then it can move to Supreme Court,” he added.

Every Superintendent of Police of the state was ordered by the court to see that no animal sacrifice takes place in any temple of the state.

They were also asked to install CCTV cameras in the temples famous for animal sacrifice.

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