The competition that animal sacrifice is a necessary and integral a part of one’s non secular perception and can’t be interfered with even when it causes nuisance to others, must be rejected, the Kerala Excessive Court docket has mentioned.
Listening to a writ petition towards the inaction of the authorities to cease the unlawful slaughter of birds and animals within the guise of ritualistic sacrifice at a personal residence in Kochi, Justice V Arun mentioned such unhealthy, unscientific and deleterious practices are to be prevented, even whether it is achieved within the identify of faith.
The court docket, in an order issued on Might 24, directed the Ernakulam district panchayat, the income divisional officer, Ernakulam Rural SP and different officers to cease the actions carried out in a construction, resembling a temple, constructed by a personal particular person on the second flooring of his residential constructing, after conducting a probe, at Edathala Grama panchayat close to Aluva in Kohi.
“Going by the precedents and on a correct understanding of the rights underneath Article 25 and the freedom assured underneath Article 21, the competition that, animal sacrifice being a necessary and integral a part of the eighth respondent’s non secular perception and observe, can’t be interfered with even when it causes nuisance to others, must be rejected,” the court docket mentioned.
As opined by none apart from Dr BR Ambedkar, true non secular observe needs to be guided by cause, equality and humanistic values, slightly than blind adherence to traditions, the court docket added.
“All unhealthy, unscientific and deleterious practices are to be prevented, even whether it is achieved within the identify of faith,” the order mentioned.
The court docket noticed that it was disconcerting to notice the “weak-kneed and jittery method of the police and income authorities” when illegalities dedicated underneath the garb of faith are dropped at their discover.
“The authorities needs to be conscious of the truth that the legal guidelines of this nation are equally relevant to all residents and no particular therapy will be meted out to any particular person on non secular grounds,” the court docket noticed.
The writ petition mentioned that objectionable actions are carried out in a construction, resembling a temple, constructed by Anand P on the second flooring of his residential constructing and has exhibited a board with the identify ‘Sree Bhramarambika Vishnumayaswami Devasthanam’ and is canvassing devotees by way of notices and different modes of commercial.
The petition additionally mentioned that Anand was conducting poojas and rituals in his constructing day-in and day-out, accompanied by the ringing of bells, blowing of the conch and shrieks and cries of animals and birds.
“The blood of the slaughtered animals is flown to the highway and carcasses are strewn in all places. Moreover, autos of individuals visiting the place for conducting poojas and rituals are parked indiscriminately. All these components have made life not possible for me (petitioner) and the opposite residents of the realm,” the petitioner claimed.
It additionally mentioned that the development was unlawful and it was achieved with out acquiring the permission envisaged underneath the Kerala Panchayat Constructing Guidelines.
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