Pune: Bakri Eid or Eid-Al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, which is a significant event for the Muslim community will be celebrated with traditional fervour in the city.
However, residents of housing societies in Kondhwa, Undri and Camp areas have taken the decision to not allow the ritual of sacrificing a goat inside society premises. Instead, the Muslim community will perform the ritual at slaughter houses.
In Kondhwa, Firdaus Residency, a mixed neighbourhood society will be holding the sacrifice ritual also known and “Qurbani” outside the society area as a mark of respect to the sentiments of the mixed neighbourhood.
Saleem Mulla, former chairman of Firdaus Residency said, “We have taken a decision to perform the Qurbani outside the society as we do not want to disturb anybody with the ritual. We respect the sentiments of the people and will be completing the ritual outside of the premises.”
In Undri, another residential society has disallowed slaughtering animals in the housing society citing sentiments of the people. Its office bearer, requesting anonymity said, “We don’t want to disturb the citizens and hence took the decision that animal sacrifice will not be allowed inside our campus. Citizens are however free to do it outside and conduct the rituals in their privacy.”
An official of the Kondhwa police station said, “Citizens residing in residential societies, who have bought the animals for the ritual, will be conducting it at the slaughter house and not in the society premises. However, at least three societies will hold the ritual in its premises as it has been decided by mutual consent of other residents. The police are taking all necessary steps for the smooth conduct of the festival.”
Goat prices rise
Ahead of Bakr Eid, price of goats has gone up in the city by at least 30 %. Thousands of goats have been sold during the past few days at different goat markets in Kondhwa and surrounding areas. Goats were selling at high as ₹50,000 for a good breed while the minium price quoted hovered between ₹25,000 and ₹30,000.
Bakri Eid or Eid-Al-Adha prayers are held early in the morning so that devouts can complete the sacrifice ritual at the earliest.