IndiGo embroiled in a fresh controversy over halal meat
Users on Twitter allege that halal meat is served in the IndiGo flights because of fears of repercussion from the Muslim community while they don’t have any such fear from others.
Controversy seems to continue to plague IndiGo, India's leading airline. It was already getting a bad press due to the differences between its co-founders. The latest problem to hit the airline is a Twitter campaign against the halal meat on its menu. The campaign has caught on so much that with every passing day the demand to boycott IndiGo is growing online. Netizens complain that the airline has hurt the sentiments of Hindus and Sikhs by not providing other meat options.
A look at the Twitter handles shows that the so-called campaign began earlier last week though there seems no specific trigger for the controversy.
The menu of the IndiGo onboard paid catering service reads, “all the non-vegetarian snacks are certified halal on all flights.”
One of the tweets which also posted the photograph of the menu card online, called it “cruel & anathema to Sikhs and Hindus.”
Stop @IndiGo6E Airlines discrimination against Sikhs & Hindu passengers in India & abroad.— Devdutta Maji (@MajiDevDutta) July 5, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/LXQ8VfhwGk
One of the tweets directly alleges that the meat options served by Indigo hurt religious sentiments.
@IndiGo6E what a shocking news tht indigo serves halal stuff. Many hindus r particular to not eat halal. Indigo is doing this? They r sadistic n njoying hurting religious sntimnts of some comunities. I think it is sensible to stop using indigo n travel by neutrals like AIR INDIA.— B Singh (@BimaljS) July 13, 2019
There are users who allege that halal meat is served because IndiGo fears repercussions from the Muslim community, while the airline doesn't have any such fear about others.
#Indigo serves #Halal meat because they know repercussion of not doing so— Blissful (@BlissfulSunil) July 7, 2019
Will #Sikhs protest the way that could hurt business of @IndiGo6E@punarutthana had written in Oc18 this
Will @sureshpprabhu take cognisance now
Should@ippatel@aakuraj@hindulegalcell approach courts pic.twitter.com/jVtpBaCJgH
Some directly question IndiGo for their choice of meat.
Good point. Indigo cannot automatically assume that Halal food is Highest Common Ethical Denominator. Bleeding animals to death is considered unethical as per modern practices. So, Indigo should provide non-Halal options as well.— Rag (@ragways) July 9, 2019
There are also threats by passengers to reconsider their choice of the airline.
We tried to reach out to Indigo for a comment but were unsuccessful. A senior member of the IndiGo management declined to comment on the issue.
“We are aware of the issue but I am not in a position to respond on the matter now,” he said.
A former senior pilot with IndiGo alleged that the sudden eruption of the ‘halal’ controversy has more to do with efforts of some sections “to present the airline in a bad light as other airlines in India including Vistara and Spicejet also serve halal meat, but the campaign has been targeted specifically against IndiGo due to ulterior motives.”
He has, however, declined to comment further on the motive.
‘Halal’ food refers to meat slaughtered as per Islamic teachings. It involves killing the animal by first cutting a vein, the carotid artery and the windpipe on the neck while the butcher recites an Islamic dedicatory verse. The animal then slowly dies as the blood is drained out.
Another way of slaughtering the animal is by the process called ‘Jhatka’ in which the animal’s head is severed from the body with a single blow of the knife.