Gurgaon meat shops shut on Tuesdays, Asaduddin Owaisi asks why not close alcohol shops on Fridays too

Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP and president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation’s decision to close all meat shops in the city every Tuesday.

In a tweet, Asaduddin Owaisi said meat is food for millions of Indians and it can’t be treated as something impure.

In a recent general meeting, the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation decided to close all meat shops in the city on Tuesdays. As per media reports, this issue was not part of the meeting’s agenda but was taken up reportedly after some councillors cited ‘Hindu sentiments’.

“How can beliefs get hurt by what other people are doing in their private lives? People are buying, selling or eating meat, they are not forcing you to partake. By this logic, close alcohol shops on Friday? Meat is food for millions of Indians. Cannot treat it as something impure (sic),” Owaisi tweeted.

WHY GURGAON MEAT SHOPS ARE BEING CLOSED ON TUESDAY?

The decision to close all meat shops on Tuesdays was taken at the general meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG). This meeting was reportedly called to discuss the issue of increasing license fee for meat shops.

Confirming the development, Gurgaon Mayor Madhu Azad said all meat shops under the limits of the municipal corporation will remain shut on every Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in a report the Indian Express said when the issue of closing meat shops on Tuesday was being discussed in the meeting, MCG Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh had pointed out that “food is an independent choice”.

However, despite this, the proposal was passed by the House.

“In my opinion, this is an individual choice. I eat, my wife doesn’t eat, it is independent. I cannot force her and she cannot force meWhen we cannot decide on this at home itself, the House should think before making any decision regarding the entire city,” Vinay Pratap Singh was quoted as saying during the meeting by Indian Express.

Apart from the ban on meat shops on Tuesdays, the civic body has also decided to increase the licence fee for meat shops from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

“The penalty for illegally running meat shops has also been increased 10 times from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000,” Gurugram Mayor Madhu Azad said.

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Source – India Today