As per Research and Markets, the global halal market is seeing an exponential growth and is expected to grow at a rate of 11.24 percent by 2027.
The Halal certification controversy has reared its head again, with the Uttar Pradesh government cracking its whip against companies which provide this certification.
An FIR was registered at the Hazratganj Police Station on Saturday by one identified as Shailendra Sharma against multiple companies under Sections 120B, 153A, 298, 420, 467, 468, 471 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The companies mentioned in the complaint include Halal India Private Limited in Chennai, Jamiat Ulema Hind Halal Trust in Delhi, and Halal Council of India and Jamiat Ulema Maharashtra in Mumbai.
The BJP has supported the action against the companies and called for a thorough probe in the matter.
"Halal certification is a scam and must be probed. The culprits must be tried under law," BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said.
What is Halal Certification and the controversy surrounding itA Halal Certification is a guarantee that a product - food or otherwise - has been made in keeping with the Islamic law and is unadulterated. The opposite of Halal or 'Permissible' is 'Haram' or 'Forbidden'. Certain food items such as pig meat and pig fat are banned under Islamic law. Halal and Haram also refer to the way an animal is slaughtered. Islamic law states that an animal be slaughtered in the most humane way. When slaughtering, halal guidelines recommend that a sharp knife be used to make an incision at the front of the throat, slicing the oesophagus, and the jugular veins but not the spinal cord. The Haram way to slaughter an animal is 'jhatka' where the animal is quickly beheaded.
The BJP has called Halal Certification a scam and a kind of 'economic jihad' against the country since Halal guidelines say that only animals slaughtered by Muslims can fall under the 'Halal' category.
Last year, during a demonstration against Halal products in Karnataka, BJP leader CT Ravi said, "Halal is used like a jihad so that Muslims should not do business with others. "It has been imposed. When they think that halal meat should be used, what is wrong in saying that it should not be used?"
In April last year, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding a complete ban on halal products and halal certifications, arguing that what started as a food certification had expanded to include even cosmetics and daily products such as soaps and shampoos.
The Congress has so far refused to comment on the matter, steering clear of controversial issues that could polarise communities and benefit the BJP in the end.
As per Research and Markets, the global halal market is seeing an exponential growth and is expected to grow at a rate of 11.24 percent by 2027. Companies which wish to export their products to a larger consumer base outside opt to get the Halal certification.
In India, the certification is provided by third party bodies such as the Jamiat-Ulama-E-Maharashtra and the Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind Halal Trust, quite unlike the Arab countries where a magistrate grants the certification.