The Bombay high court on Wednesday said that the widely contested arguments around Jain Bal Diksha is a complex matter which will have wider ramifications. A division bench of justice DY Chandrachud and justice RD Dhanuka has kept the case for final hearing on August 1.
Bal Diksha involves children renouncing the material world. The case pertains to a petition filed by Ashok Bagricha and others challenging the jurisdiction of the Child Welfare Committee in taking custody of the child in July 2006 when it was brought to the committee’s notice by a NGO called Childline.
The parents had had filed a petition, pointing out that the CWC passed the order without considering that it is a practice of their religion. The court had asked whether the practice conflicts with the right to childhood.
The central government counsel Rui Rodrigues on Wednesday said that they have not taken a stand on the issue yet, but will do so when the case comes up for final hearing.
Interveners too have filed applications supporting as well as opposing the practice.