Uttar Pradesh must immediately re-issue licences to abattoirs closed in a recent crackdown led by Hindu hardliners that angered the country’s Muslim minority, a court ruled on Friday.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu priest who has in the past been accused of fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric, ordered the closure of unlicenced slaughter houses after he was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March.
The crackdown was welcomed by right-wing Hindu groups who want to end the slaughter of cows, considered holy in Hinduism, but hit the Muslim community hard. The minority accounts for almost a fifth of Uttar Pradesh’s population and dominates the meat industry.
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