Goalpara, May 19: The headmistress of a school in Goalpara district of Assam was arrested and sent to jail for bringing to school cooked beef for her lunch, officials said on Thursday.

The headmistress allegedly brought the cooked beef during the 'Gunotsav 2022', an exercise to evaluate the performance of the schools in the state, was underway between May 11 to May 14. She was taken to the police station on May 16. ‘Beef Is India’s National Dish’, Says BJP Candidate Banendra Kumar Mushahary Ahead of Assam Assembly Elections 2021; FIR Lodged on Hindu Group’s Complaint.

Consumption of beef is not illegal in Assam, but The Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 2021 bans cattle slaughter and sale of beef in the areas where Hindus, Jains and Sikhs are in a majority or within a five-km radius of a temple or satra (Vaishnavite monasteries) or any other institution as maybe prescribed by the authorities.

Additional superintendent of police, Mrinal Deka said the president of the management committee of Hurkachungi Middle English School of Lakhipur area had lodged a complaint against the headmistress alleging that she had carried beef for lunch.

"We brought her to the police station on May 16. After questioning she was arrested and the court sent her to judicial custody on the next day," he added.

A case was registered under Sections 295(A) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code.

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