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New Delhi: Low-cost airline IndiGo, facing a crisis due to intensifying differences between its co-founders, is now mired in another controversy over the meat it serves on its flights.

A Twitter campaign was initiated earlier this week, calling for boycott of IndiGo for serving halal meat on flights.

The menu of IndiGo airline says, “All the non-vegetarian snacks are certified halal on all flights.” The airline has been serving halal meat for a long time now, but it became an issue for some passengers only now.

Many Twitter users said IndiGo has hurt the sentiments of Hindus and Sikhs by serving halal meat and not providing them with other meat options.

Halal meat is anathema to Sikhs & Hindus’

One of the tweets said, “Stop serving #Halal food. Else, you will face boycott from Hindus. I am a regular passenger of #Indigo. But now I am seriously re-thinking.”

“Stop @IndiGo6E Airlines discrimination against Sikhs & Hindu passengers in India & abroad. Non-Veg Food served on Indigo Airlines is Halal Meat. See attached menu card of Indigo. Halal Meat is cruel & anathema to #Sikhs & #Hindus. Indigo must instantly stop using Halal products,” said another tweet.

Yet another tweet tagging Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Sir do you as a minister support this imposition on the right of Sikh and Hindu non-vegetarians? How can they be forced to eat such meat?”

A user hoped the aviation ministry would look into the matter. “Stop flying Indigo until it stops forcing religious foods in our throat. I hope the ministry will look into it.”

Under the hashtag, #IndigoforHalal, one of the tweets said, “Serving halal to a Hindu is a crime committed by these corporates against unsuspecting Hindus. This is anti Hindu practise.”

What is halal meat?

‘Halal’ is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law.

The Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry involves killing through a cut to the jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe.

According to Islamic law, animals must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter and all blood is drained from the carcass. During the process, a Muslim will recite a dedication.

In contrast, in the jhatka way of slaughter, the animal’s head is severed in one single blow and it dies instantly.


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SpiceJet, Vistara also serve halal meat

IndiGo is not the only airline that serves halal meat, SpiceJet’s menu also says that all non-vegetarian meals are halal-certified on all flights.

Even Vistara airlines’ menu clearly states: “Our inflight non-vegetarian meals are strictly halal.”

ThePrint contacted IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir, but all of them refused to comment.

Sudhakara Reddy, President of Air passengers Association, said, “I think halal doesn’t hurt the sentiments of the people as it only facilitates Muslims to have meat products at any place let alone airlines.”


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  1. We are living in a world of “one sided” double standards. Painful death in Halal is constitutional but bull fight is crime. Love dogs but eat cow/goat/sheep. Courts kicking ass of Hindus/Sikhs/Jains on religious issues but rejecting pleas of Muslim women to enter mosque.

  2. Hey Sudhakar, why don’t you ask muslims to take jhatka?Serve halal pork too.
    Shove your secularism into your behind.

  3. We’ll start a campaign to provide Halal foods in every airlines or else we will boycott too. These so-called fanatics will enjoy beef in Dubai if were given a free trip there!

  4. “Tum log hindu muslim me hi atke raho aur kabhi khane ko nahi mila hai kya…” I mean seriously there are other serious national problems including safeguarding our environment, justice for rape victims, eradication of child labor and so many but this is the reason our country will never be considered as developed because of such small thinking.

  5. Airlines must provide non-halal meat option to non-vegeterians especially those who don’t want the animals to be killed as per Halal process which is brutal and barbaric to say the least!
    (Animal’s jugular vein is cut and they bleed to death!)

    • How barbaric .

      Seriously .. .yes please boycott … Or better still boycott meat totally if you like

      But consider this … It is probably way less barbaric than making someone chant jai shree ram … Herein you are forcing

      With meat you may choose to not eat atleast .
      .
      And just so you know … It is not compulsory for a muslim to necessarily have non veg to be a good Muslim… Let alone having it on a flight …
      So please go ahead… Waste your time and energy on getting jhatka non veg for everone…
      Muslims will just shift to vegetarian menu.. no fuss…
      Also in the meantime..read the medical implications of halal and jhatka
      Take care bro
      Cheers

  6. This is just a communal campaign. In gulf countries ,one gets only Halal meat and food without exception. Millions of Hindus live in the gulf countries and has no problem. In Hindu or Sikh scriptures it is not prescribed what type of slaughtered meat has to be eaten. So for them it is irrelevant if the meat is halal or otherwise.

    • Oh really… the world has always kowtow and listen to u muslims all the time but u will not respect the preference of others. Now why cant the Gulf Muslim countries also show secularism towards the millions of non Muslims living there by offering them non halal meat. Only Muslims are human beings or what?

    • We hindus respects cow as our mother and our scriptures also mentioned about it. Killing a cow treated as a unpardonable crome in our religion. Then as per your argument why muslims are adament to killing cow for eating ??

      • Mr nandkishor
        No one is adamant on eating cow…
        We can be perfect muslims without eating cow … On any non veg for that matter…
        Unfortunately for hindu sentiments (and muslims indirectly) india is the top beef exporter …
        Our hindu brothers own companies which kill … Process .. pack our cows … And send them for consumption … In India and abroad …
        So please dont put it on muslims …

    • Indeed it is a communal campaign to distract the people from the actual issues. These things will increase with time.

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