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Gujarat High Court: ‘It is mandatory to make the choice of health over religion’; Court shows disappointment in State Government for appeasement [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 30 Jul 2020 2:27am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Gujarat High Court: ‘It is mandatory to make the choice of health over religion’; Court shows disappointment in State Government for appeasement [READ JUDGMENT]

The Gujarat High Court while disposing of a petition related to restriction on the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra said ‘It is mandatory to make the choice of health over religion.’

The bench comprising of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala observed that the state must provide legal safeguards to protect an individual’s life and to maintain the good health of the community.

Last month, the court in an interim order directed that there shall be no Rath Yatra carried out this year in Ahmedabad and any other district in Gujarat. The court directed the Government to file an affidavit on this issue. 

The court said that the Government has chosen to follow a policy of appeasement and coaxing to convince the religious leaders, Temple authorities, and organizers connected with Jagannath Rath Yatra to avoid holding the Rath Yatra processions. It observed:

“However, what was disappointing was the passive and yielding approach of the State Government. As a secular body heading the fight against COVID 19 in the state, the Government's main focus should be protecting the health and wellbeing of the people at all costs, even if it means hurting the religious sentiments of some religious leaders. With infection rates going up and our resources gradually depleting, it is mandatory to focus on health rather than religious.”

“During the pandemic, we do not have time for blandishment. We need action. Strong, pragmatic, and robust action.”, it further added.

The court further observed that they cannot and should not follow the policy of appeasing the… Continue Reading...


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