Those who misbehave with women in temple premises cannot be said to be believers in God, remarked the Supreme Court while issuing a slew of directions for for proper administration of Sri Jagannath temple at Puri.
The report submitted by the Amicus Curiae before the Court had highlighted certain incidents relating to the misbehavior with the women, snatching of ornaments, etc. In this regard, the bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra, Justice MR Shah and Justice S. Ravindra Bhat observed:
There should not be any room for any such incident in the Sanctum-Santorum and other Temples situated around. If such incidents are taking place, it has to be dealt with all seriousness with firm hand and there should not be any room for such incidents. Unlawful elements are responsible for doing such acts have to be removed out of the premises at all costs.
The bench then directed the Temple Administration and also the Temple Police to ensure that let there be a dedicated section of personnel to tighten security inside the temple and only to ensure that no such incident takes place in the Temples and no misbehavior is meted out to women.
Those found involved in such acts cannot be said to be believer in the God also. When such an act is performed in the Temple, it is very disrespectful to Shri Jagannath and the Sanskruti. There is no place for such unlawful activities in Temples. The temple authorities and the police are directed to take strict action to avoid such incidents
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