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SC Allows Prayers in 3 Jain Temples in Mumbai amid COVID-19, Refers to Rath Yatra Example

Lawstreet Journal 24 Aug 2020 10:58pm

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On Friday, the Supreme Court of India permitted a limited section of devotees to three Jain temples in Mumbai's Dadar, Chembur, and Byculla on August 22 and 23 (Saturday and Sunday) to offer prayers on the event of ParyushanParv Celebration. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde said that entry into temples will be dependent upon the undertaking given by the petitioner - a trust dedicated to Jain people group - according to which they consented to permit just five individuals one after another inside the temple with the upper limit of 250 individuals for each day. 

“We are of the view that if the undertaking of faithfully complied with, it would not be hazardous to permit prayers at the three temples,” the bench which also comprised Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian said.

It cited the example of allowing Odisha Rath Yatra and said, “This is exactly the choice we had with Odisha Rath Yatra. We believe that if we can ensure that distancing is maintained, and people do not gather then merely putting the Rath is not damaging.”

The court additionally clarified that its request won't have any significant bearing to some other temples or celebrations including huge gathering. 

“We are referring in particular to the congregation that happens during Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai and other places,” the court noted.

The Maharashtra government had opposed the petition saying that the state is most noticeably awful hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will be hard for specialists to guarantee… Continue Reading...

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