Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s decision to ban meat in the financial capital of India for four days to respect the Jains’ fasting period has under sharp criticism and become a subject of ridicule on social media.
Shiv Sena-ruled BMC’s decision came days after the BJP ruled Mira-Bhayander municipal corporation too banned the sale of meat in the area for eight days fo the same reason.
Several Jain organisations backed by the BJP legislators Raj Purohit and Atul Bhatkhalkar had demanded the ban on the slaughter houses and sale of meat for Jains’ fasting period.
According to BMC officials, the meat ban will be in place on September 10,13,17 and 18.
As expected, the twitter exploded with this news with an overwhelming number of social media users slamming and mocking the decision. Hashtag #meatban has been the top national trend on twitter since Tuesday morning.
Here are how twitter users reacted to this news.
I'm happy I don't live in Mumbai. A govt which bans meat to appease Jains will force me to eat meat on Bakr Eid to appease Muslims #meatban
— Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) September 8, 2015
— Barkha Shukla Singh (@barkhashukla45) September 8, 2015
An important tenet of Jainism- "Enforcing your will on another, by quashing the other's will by force, is a grave act of violence." #MeatBan
— Madhurika Sona Jain (@sonajain) September 8, 2015
If vegetarians want #meatban during their festivals, it is only fair to force feed them with meat food during our festivals.
— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) September 8, 2015
Not about meat being unavailable in some parts of Mumbai, it's about individual choices & forcing your religion/practices on others #meatban
— Ruchica Tomar (@ruchicatomar) September 8, 2015
— Rohit (@Retributions) September 8, 2015
Respecting sentiments of one religious community doesn't mean snatching away other communities' freedom (to eat what they want to) #meatban
— Ravinder Singh (@_RavinderSingh_) September 8, 2015