Madurai

No god expects devotee to torture body for atonement: HC

‘It is time to give up such faith-based practices’

MADURAI

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, while disposing of a petition seeking permission to conduct ‘Parakkum Kavadi,’ observed that it was time for organisers to start giving up this kind of faith-based practices.

Justice N. Seshasayee observed, “After all, no god is expecting from anybody to torture his own body for atonement. What might have been relevant and consistent in ancient times need not necessarily have contextual relevance.”

The court said temple authorities and organisers of festivals should take the first step in this direction and bring about necessary awareness among those who perform ‘Parakkum Kavadi’ to bring about a larger change, while disposing of the petition recently.

The court was hearing a petition which sought permission to conduct ‘Parakkum Kavadi’ at Bathreshwari Amman Temple in Kanniyakumari. The police had denied permission after the organisers wanted to use five cranes this year, instead of the three cranes that would be used regularly, for use by devotees for ‘Parakkum Kavadi.’ In their response to the court, the police cited public interest for denying permission.

Asking how addition of two cranes would affect public interest, the court directed the organisers to make a fresh representation before the police for consideration.

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