Shanta hails HC verdicton animal sacrifice

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharmsala
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2014 21:38 IST

Hailing the Himachal Pradesh High Court verdict banning animal sacrifice in temples, religious ceremonies and festivals, former union minister and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar on Tuesday urged the deities' representatives to shun age-old rituals.

"The high court has banned the animal sacrifice in temples and festivities. It is historically an important decision but unfortunately some people especially those who follow the deities are opposing it," said Shanta Kumar in a press statement issued here.

The BJP stalwart said the dev sansad held at Jaggti Patt temple in Kullu district opposed the decision and later it was decided to move the Supreme Court on the issue.

"However, the deities' representatives should understand that no court will allow animal sacrifice," said Shanta Kumar, adding that he fully supported the high court's decision.

"I appeal to them to show courage to shun the age-old rituals and beliefs and change according to the changing time," he said.

Shanta said he believed that the Supreme Court would also reject the petition by deities' representatives.The MP said Hindu scriptures such as vedas and upnishadas never supported the violence against any kind of living being.

"These scriptures talks of life in various objects are present in nature. Hence, question of act of animal sacrifice to appease the deities cannot be justified," said Shanta, adding Swami Vivekananda and Mahtma Gandhi too talked about non-violence.

He said it was in the medieval period that some evil rituals originated in the Hindu religion. "Time has come to change these wrong traditions. These cannot be continued on the name of dharma," said Shanta.
The BJP leader urged his onetime protégé Kullu MLA Maheshwar Singh, who is chief guardian of Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of Kullu region, to rethink upon their decision and discontinue such traditions.

"Rituals attached to animal sacrifice reflect only cruelty, superstition, fear and barbarism and has nothing to do with either religion or culture," the court had said in its verdict banning the practice on September 2.

However, Jagati (assembly) of 300 deities held at Naggar village near Manali on September 26 made it clear that they would not allow any new tradition to be started and would continue with the age-old practice of animal sacrifice, the high court on the same day dismissed the application of Maheshwar Singh and Dot Ram Thakur. The matter is now set to come before the Supreme Court.

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