Paryushan Festival – Jain Festival and Meat Ban Controversy

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    Today Supreme court refused a plea supporting state government’s decision to ban sale of meat and slaughter in Mumbai during the Paryushan festival,  It said that meat bans cannot be “shoved down someone’s throat”.

    What is Paryushan Festival?

    Popularly known as Paryushan festival or Parv among Svetambaras and Das Lakshana among Digambaras, is an important Jain festival. Duration of the festival is 8 days for Svetambaras and 10 days for Digambaras.  During festival Jains observe a fast, which may be for 1 to 30 days. All Jains meditate and pray for all 8 or 10 days generally in August or September.

    Must Read: Events and Festivals in Puri

    Why this news is important?

    1. A cultural festival is associated with this news
    2. An old stay order of Bombay High Court was challenged in this case
    3. Ban in Jammu and Kashmir

    What was case?

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    A Jain community organisation filed a plea in Supreme Court to set aside an old stay order of 2004 by Bombay High Court on State Government’s decision of banning sale of meat and slaughtering. Jain community organisation wanted this ban for 20 days during festival citing compassion for animal .

    Animals have right under Article 21.

    Petitioner’s Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued in court that even animals have right under Article 21.
    What can I say on this? Don’t use even mosquito repellents otherwise you may go behind bars for violating article 21 because insects must also have right under article 21.

    Also Read: Festivals of Asia

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