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Despite Court’s stay, OU students held beef festival trailer

Ahead of December 10, the scheduled date for the beef festival in Osmania University (OU) students staged a protest.

The students, who gathered at one of the hostel buildings, also held a preview of beef delicacies, displayed the menu to celebrate their right to eat the food of their choice.

The menu includes biryani, tala-hua-gosht and kebab for a select audience including students, reporters and university authorities.

The city civil court on Monday had ordered a stay on the food festivals, saying they were unlawful and breaks various animal rights laws. However students said they are yet to receive a copy of the court order and will address the issue after they receive the same.

“We have approached the civil court to file a counter. We will also approach the High Court on Wednesday morning,” said David, a student leader, adding the organisers are hopeful that the courts too would uphold their constitutional rights.

As December 10 is fast approaching, a large number of police have been deployed on the campus..

“Ninety percent of students on OU campus are Dalit-Bahujan, most whom are beef eaters. Section 29 (A) of the constitution ensures that ‘any section of the citizens residing in the territory of India having a distinct language, script or culture of its own shall have the right to conserve the same,” said B. Sudarshan of Osmania University.