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Mr. Rajiv Jadhav – District Collector
Collectorate Office
Near Jai-Stambh, Bazzar Peth,
Chiplun - 415612
Dist: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

Dear Mr. Jadhav,

Request you to please ensure that no animal slaughter takes place at BhargavRam Parshuram Temple whether on Dussera or any other other occassion.

There are laws in place in this country to prevent such barbaric acts of cruelty to animals as per which you would be personally responsible for such practices since they would happen under your auspices.

I trust a sense of compassion would prevail, if not respect for the law.

Yours sincerely,
[Your Name]

CC to :
1) Mr. Nishikant Joshi - Trustee
Shreedev Bhargavram Parshuram Sansthan Trust
Dainik Sagar Office, Chiplun – 415 605
Dist: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

2) Justice Dharmadhikari
Committee to Supervise Animal Laws of Maharashtra
(Under Bombay High-Court Order),
Mantralaya, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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I spoke to the district judge and to the Collector. They called back to say it has been stopped.

Hon’ble Shri M.D,.Keskar
District Judge
District Court
Ratnagiri

Hon’ble Shri Keskar

I am happy we talked on the phone and you were so receptive to the idea of stopping this terrible ritual. Maharashtra and Uttarakhand have taken the lead in stopping animal sacrifices and each district administration has been helpful

There is a temple which slaughters goats on Dussera Day (24th October) in Chiplun . The temple is BhargavRam Parshuram. This ritual of slaughtering started when the area was taken over by a Nawab of Fort Janjira. This should be stopped forthwith.

The trustees of the temple are the District Judge and Mr. Nishikant Joshi

Shreedev Bhargavram Parshuram Sansthan Trust ,Dainik Sagar Office, Chiplun – 415 605 Ph: 09822147776

I spoke to Shri Joshi and he is happy to have the killing stopped but he would like to advise him as you are the head of the temple so that he can ask all the sacrificers to stop it.

Animal sacrifice is not permitted under Indian law. Even Section 28 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act exempts only the manner of killing, where religion prescribes that a certain manner of killing shall be resorted to, such as halal slaughter prescribed for Muslims.

The most recent pronouncement from a court of law in this regard, is the order passed by the Chief Justice’s Division Bench of the Uttarakhand High Court in the matter titled ‘Gauri Maulekhi Vs State of Uttarakhand & Ors’, being W.P. (PIL) No. 77/2010, decided on 19th December, 2011. The said Court has held animal sacrifice as being unlawful ; and after studying the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, has (among other things) held that :

That even if there is an ‘old tradition of sacrificing animals to appease deities’, no sacrifice is permissible outside a slaughter house, in cities, towns, or urban or semi-urban areas under the jurisdiction of municipalities and other local authorities.

In that case, the High Court also directed the State and its agencies to ensure that no destruction / killing / sacrifice of any nature of any animal takes place outside a registered or licensed slaughter house, in cities, towns, or urban or semi-urban areas under the jurisdiction of municipalities and other local authorities.

The High Court took the view after a consideration of Section 11(3)(e) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, which provides that the destruction, or the preparation for destruction of any animal, as food for mankind, shall not be ‘Cruelty’ unless it is accompanied by the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering ; and Rule 6(5) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Slaughter House Rules, 2001, which specifically mentions and provides for “ritual” slaughter.

It is therefore the duty of all law enforcement authorities – the police, the Collector, the local court and other officials of district administration, to ensure that animal sacrifice is not allowed to occur. At several places across the country, authorities and district administrations are intervening, to ensure that sacrifice is not allowed to occur.

I have also talked to the District Collector Shri Rajeev Jadhav who is also very keen to stop the sacrifice.


With best wishes
Smt Maneka Gandhi
14 Ashoka Road
New Delhi 110001