Delhi HC dismissed petition demanding ban on affixing Deities’ pictures to prevent urination in public places

The intention underlying the display of this image is not to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, but to make them comprehend the denigration – Editor, Dainik Sanatan Prabhat

New Delhi – The Delhi High Court has dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking to ban the practice of affixing pictures of Hindu Deities on walls to prevent people from urinating, spitting, or throwing garbage in public places.

1. The petition stated that pictures of Deities are affixed to walls to prevent people from urinating, spitting, and littering. This practice has become the norm. It is a violation of Sections 295 and 295A of the Indian Penal Code because it hurts the religious sentiments of the common people. Affixing such images to the wall doesn’t stop the practice; instead, people urinate or spit on them in public.

2. Petitioner and advocate Gaurang Gupta said fear is used to prevent people from urinating or spitting. Acts of such a nature are prohibited given the devotion born out of faith in one’s religion and the right to practice it.

3. The petition said that the High Court had accepted the problem of open urination in an earlier case. In its order, the Court had said that the practice of affixing images of Deities on the walls was hurting the religious sentiments of the people.

Editorial viewpoint

Hindus feel that at least the BJP-ruled States must take the initiative to prevent this kind of insult to Hindu Deities in the land of Hindus.

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