It was recently found out that India’s cows’ milk has been contaminated and is toxic for humans.
Since cows are considered sacred and milk is valued throughout India, the state is now appalled by these recent findings.
It has been reported that the milk has been contaminated by paint, detergents, urea, shampoo, and caustic soda, because, apparently, the cows are being left by their owners to wander around the streets, causing them to eat things other than grass, such as leftover garbage and plastic.
Because of this, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said that he had not taken milk in his coffee for two years.
In tests carried out last year, it was found out that more than a quarter of 4,500 samples contained detergent, starch, and artificial whitening agents. The state found out about this when people started giving out milk-based products as gifts during festivals.
Despite their reverence for cows and their milk, offenders are subject to a maximum of just six months in prison, and they could even be bailed out for 1,000 rupees (US$16).
If the government doesn’t give life sentences to offenders, it should at least improve its monitoring on milk by doing random checks, the court stated.