Animal, Sacrifice, Temple
An Act to consolidate and amend the laws relating to prohibition of the sacrifice of
animals and birds in or in the precincts of Hindu temples in the State of Kerala .
Preamble .- WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the laws relating to
prohibition of the sacrifice of animals and birds in or in the precincts of Hindu temples in
the State of Kerala ;
BE it enacted in the Nineteenth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-
- Short title and extent.-(1) This Act may be called the Kerala Animals and Birds
Sacrifices Prohibition Act, 1968.
(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Kerala .
- Definitions.-In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-
(a) “precincts”, in relation to a temple, includes all lands and buildings near a temple,
whether belonging to the temple or not, which are ordinarily used for purposes connected
with the worship conducted inside the temple or outside, and in particular the mandapams
prakarams, back-yards front-yards and foot-yards of the temple, by whatever name
called, and also the ground on which the temple car ordinarily stands;
(b) “sacrifice” means the killing or maiming of any animal or bird for the purpose, or
with the intention, of propitiating any diety ;
(c) “temple” means a place by whatever designation known, used as a place of public
religious worship, and dedicated to, or for the benefit of, or used as of right by, the Hindu
community or any section thereof, as a place of public religious worship.
- Sacrifice of animals and birds in temples or its precincts prohibited.- No person shall
sacrifice any animal or bird in any temple or its precincts.
- Officiating at sacrifice, etc., prohibited.-No person shall-
(a) officiate or offer to officiate at, or
(b) perform or offer to perform, or
(c) serve, assist, or participate, or offer to serve, assist or participate, in any sacrifice in a
temple or its precincts. 5. Temple or its precincts not to be allowed to be used for sacrifice .-No person shall
knowingly allow any sacrifice to be performed at any place which-
(a) is situated within any temple or its precincts, and
(b) is in his possession or under his control
- Penalties.- (1) Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 3 shall be punishable
with fine which may extent to three hundred rupees.
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