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Jain sage booked for roaming naked in Goa

The Jain Digambar sage's pictures went viral on social media last month after he was seen naked during a procession around Margao town.

india Updated: May 28, 2015 13:05 IST

A trial court has ordered Goa Police to file an FIR against a Jain sage for roaming naked around Margao town last month. In his order dated May 26, Judicial Magistrate First Class (Margao) Bosco Roberts ordered police to file an FIR under section 294 of IPC, which deals with obscenity in public places.

Pranam Sagar Maharaj, a Jain Digambar sage had conducted a procession around Margao town, 35 km from Panaji, accompanied by local Congress MLA Digambar Kamat. The sage's photographs had gone viral on social media last month, even prompting a cabinet minister to demand a ban on sages roaming around in the buff in Goa.

The court order, formally issued on Wednesday, said that the photos of the Jain sage in the procession "prima facie make out an offence under section 294 of the IPC".

It further said, "No doubt the freedom to practice and propagate one's religion is sacrosanct under the constitution of India, but with every freedom comes responsibility and duty not to cause annoyance to others."

Digambar is a sect in Jainism whose followers traditionally do not wear clothes. It is symbolic of rejection of any possessions.

First Published: May 28, 2015 12:57 IST