Plea For Entry of Non-Hindus In Temples Denied

Date 2000/12/18 22:49:02 | Topic: Hindu Press International


Source: Hindustan Times, Dec. 15





THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA, December 15, 2000: A division bench of the Kerala High Court dismissed a petition seeking entry for non-Hindus into temples. Advocate J. William John petitioned the court claiming that all Indians are Hindus, and therefore Rule 3 (A) of the Kerala Hindu Places Worship Act of 1965 preventing the entrance of Christians into temples was against the fundamental rights of citizens as stated in the constitution.The division bench rejected the petition observing that Article 25 (2) B of the constitution empowers the government to allow all sections of Hindus, but not necessarily all Indians, in Hindu public institutions. So, they said, there is no constitutional right to the petitioner to get an order declaring that all citizens be allowed in temples.







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