An IndiGo Airlines plane (source: CN Traveller)

Indian low-cost airline IndiGo is facing a widescale outcry from the Hindu and Sikh communities after it got mired into a controversy over serving only halal meat on its flights.

Miffed by the food standards that the airline has set for its passengers, Netizens have taken to Twitter to denounce its practice of serving only halal meat. A campaign began on Twitter to boycott IndiGo for the same.

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 on social media recently.

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

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter denouncing the airline’s policy

Halal meat refers to the meat that adheres to the Islamic form of slaughtering animals or poultry by making a cut in 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 must be drained from the carcass. During the process, a Muslim will recite a dedication.

While in the slaughter method approved by Hindu and Sikh communities is jhatka, wherein, the animal’s head is severed in one blow, killing it instantly.

IndiGo is not the only airline that serves halal meat; even SpiceJet and Vistara airlines do the same. Their menus clearly state that non-vegetarian meals are halal certified.


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