'Aadhaar cards' for cows: Quit playing politics over religion, says Congress to Centre

New Delhi [India], April 25 (ANI): Commenting on the Centre's decision to extend Aadhaar-like unique identification (UID) to cattle in order to check cow smuggling, the Congress on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party playing politics over religion.

Congress leader Husain Dalwai told ANI, "The BJP is playing politics on religion so that people don't turn against the government."

Dalwani further blamed the government for not focusing on the security of those, who are beaten in the name of cow protection.

"Controlling cow smuggling is fine, but what about the security of those who are manhandled in the name of 'Gau Raksha'," he added.

Earlier, the Centre told the Supreme Court that cows would soon have UID numbers which would have all details regarding lineage.

"The UID number should have age, breed, sex, lactation, height, body, color, horn type, tail switch and special marks details of the animal. The UID for a cow and its progeny should be made mandatory across India," the Centre said.

Emphasizing on the prohibition of smuggling of animals across Bangladesh, the Centre said that active support and cooperation should be sought from the public.

"People should be asked to give information related to movements of animals on roads through toll free helpline numbers," the Centre's report added.

The recommendations come in the backdrop of various incidents of cow vigilantism being reported across the nation. (ANI)