Right to religion is not greater than the right to life ! – Madras HC
Temples across India are being opened to the devotees while adhering to regulations . Hence Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Government of Tamil Nadu should make an effort to start festivals in the ancient Srirangam Temple without compromising on safety against covid-19. The devotees expect that the Court directs the state government in case the goverment does not take up the initiative !
Chennai – Religious rites have to be subject to public interest and the right to life. The right to religion is not higher than right to life. If the government has to take measures in a pandemic situation we will not seek to interfere, observed the Madras High Court while hearing a PIL.
- Rangarajan Narsimhan had sought a direction to the concerned departments in the Government to conduct Temple festivals and rituals in the ancient Srirangam Temple.
- Recording the submissions, the court directed the Government to examine the possibility of conducting festivities in Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli district with adherence to the terms and guidelines instituted due to the covid-19 pandemic.