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PIL in Calcutta HC Against Reopening Of Religious Places

Lawstreet Journal 13 Jun 2020 9:12pm

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A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Calcutta High Court challenging the decision of the Centre and the state governments on reopening the religious places of worship in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petition has been filed by Adv. Priyanka Tibrewal. It seeks reconsideration on three matters; reopening of religious places, exemption of children less than 12 years of age from physically attending schools and proper quarantine facilities in the state. (Priyanka Tibrewal v.UOI and Ors.)

The petitioner submitted, "The opening up of non-essential activities not impacting the economy is inviting trouble. It is difficult to ascertain how many asymptomatic COVID positive cases may be roaming around the city due to opening up of such non essential activities such as places of worship."

"The exposure of normal people to such COVID positive asymptomatic person will lead to nothing short of an explosion of the number of COVID positive cases", the petitioner added.

The petition asserted that closing of religious places was justifiable on the grounds of public order and health under Article 25 [Right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion; subject to public order, morality and health].

However, reopening of religious places from June 8, 2020, as allowed by a notification of Ministry of Home Affairs, is arbitrary, unnecessary and against public policy and health. The petition stated that such 'non-essential activities' should be discouraged, as they would stymie social distancing mechanisms in public places.

"The restrictions are in collective interest of the society at large. Merely that in certain areas… Continue Reading...


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