Gujarat HC’s strictures against the campaign to stop sale of non-vegetarian food is a much-needed pushback

News: Gujarat HC questioned the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation about restricting the sale of non-vegetarian food in the city.

What is the issue all about?
Read hereTargeting food: Gujarat civic bodies’ unjustifiable action on vendors selling non-veg fare must be rolled back
What do the stats show about the dietary habits of Gujarat state?

According to the Sample Registration System Baseline Survey 2014, 71% of Indians eat non-vegetarian food. Gujarat has a 40% meat-eating population, which includes not just Muslims, Christians, and Parsis, but also OBCs, Dalits, and tribals.

Analysis of Gujarat HC opinion

Banning any particular dietary habit or forcing any particular homogeneous idea on people can stigmatize other ways of living as inferior. So, the Gujarat HC decision to reprimand Ahmedabad municipal authorities was a welcome step. It also reminded that the state cannot overstep its limits to interfere in the personal choices of citizens.

Source: This post is based on the article “Gujarat HC’s strictures against the campaign to stop sale of non-vegetarian food is a much-needed pushback” published in the Indian Express on 11th December 2021.

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