Animal sacrifice ban issue: Kullu MLA to represent Dev Samaj in court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Sep 20, 2014 23:05 IST

Upset with Himachal Pradesh high court's interim order to ban animal sacrifice at religious places, Dev Samaj will appear before the court to explain some 'facts' on Monday.

Kullu legislator and chief guardian of lord Raghunath, chief deity of Kullu region, Maheshwar Singh would appear in the court on Monday. On September 15, Dev Samaj had filed a petition in the high court stating that in the interim order passed by the court banning animal sacrifice at religious places, several facts had been not taken into consideration.

The court had given time to Dev Samaj represented by Maheshwar Singh, erstwhile Kullu King, who has been advocating system of deities and culture irrespective to the party line. If the animal sacrifice ban prevails, several years old traditional rituals in which animal sacrifice was required would be vanished. However, Dev Samaj, itself was against the cruelty and favours to sensitise people about cruelty to animal.

“We have filed a plea in the court urging to listen to our sentiments. On Monday, I will be present in the court to tell the factual position,” said Singh.

He added it was an old issue and in 2012, the court had asked for public opinion on the same.
“That time I had written in detail about the animal sacrifice and our deity system but unfortunately the court did not take that opinion into consideration,” added Singh. Sentiments of hundreds of people are attached to the deity system and sudden ban of animal sacrifice was not advisable.

Expressing faith in the judiciary, he said he had full faith in judiciary as well as in God. “We have convened Dev Sansad (convention of deities) on September 26 at Jagati Patt of Naggar castle in Kullu,” he added. Dev Sansad is often called at the time of crisis and this time crisis looms large over the ages old traditions, added Singh.

Court's order

Terming it barbaric, the high court in its order on September 1 banned animal sacrifice at all religious places and also asked government to sensitise people about it. The orders were passed on a petition filed by Sonali Purewall in 2012.

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