Kolkata High Court: Durga Idols Can Be Immersed Everyday After Dashami, Including Muharram
September 22nd, 2017
Thursday, 21 September:
The Calcutta High Court declared that Durga idols can be immersed after 10 pm on 30 September and 1 October account of Muharram (Islamic New Year). In its order, the court also permitted that the immersion of idols can be conducted till 12 am on all days including Muharram.
A Division Bench comprising Acting Justice Harish Tandon and Chief Justice Rakesh Tiwari directed the West Bengal Government to chalk out designated routes for immersion and Tazia processions (a Muslim passion play celebrated by the Shi?a community in Muharram).
As per Justice Tiwari, people have the right to practise their religious activities and the state cannot put any restrictions without proper strategy whatsoever on the festival timings.
The directions by the High Court came on three Public Interest Litigations (PILs) challenging the restrictions on the immersion of Durga idols at the end of the five-day Durga Puja festival.
Hailing the court verdict, Dilip Ghosh, BJP president of West Bengal said that the state government’s attempts ‘to divide the people into religious lines and reap electoral benefits out of it’ had been vanquished.
The order came a day after the High Court slammed Mamata’s government for hampering a citizen’s right to practise religion by a mere assumption of law and order disruption and said that it must provide sound reasons for doing so.
The reaction of rthe chief minister of West Bengal as quoted by The Indian Express goes, “Someone can slit my throat, but no one can tell me what to do. I will do what I can to keep peace in the state.”
A notification was issued last month in which the government of West Bengal restricted Durga idol immersion on 30 September – the Vijaya Dashami day, after 6 PM and barred immersions on 1 October of Muharram.
As per the order, the government later clarified its position and modified the notification, allowing immersion till 10 pm on 30 September. The immersion would start again on 2 October and will continue till 4 October.
Source: The Logical Indian