The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the State government to take appropriate steps to establish gaushalas (cow shelters) and file a status report in the matter [High Court Legal Services Committee v. State of Karnataka and Ors].A Division Bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice SR Krishna Kumar expressed its dissatisfaction with the progress made by the State so far towards establishing gaushalas. "How many gaushalas are actually constructed? You have identified the land and allocated money, but in actuality the gaushalas are not there," the Court remarked, while noting that the State must file a status report regarding the same.The High Court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) petition demanding that gaushalas be set up in every taluk. The plea also sought a direction to the government to provide adequate fodder, water and space for existing cow shelters in accordance with the Karnataka Cattle Slaughter Prevention and Protection Act, to prevent cow slaughter. .The Additional Advocate General appearing on behalf of the State filed a compliance report on Monday, which the Bench was not satisfied with. .At an earlier hearing, the High Court had opined that gaushalas should be opened in every village like in other States, and not just at the district and taluka levels. "In other States, governments have set up gaushalas in every village", the Bench had remarked..The case will be heard next on June 7, 2022.