‘Must bring law to accord nat’l honour to Ram, Krishna’

PRAYAGRAJ/AGRA: A judge of the Allahabad high court on Friday said that “Parliament must bring law to pay ‘rashtriya samman’ (national honour) to Lord Ram, Lord Krishna, Ramayan and its author Valmiki besides Gita and its author Maharishi Ved Vyas, as they are the culture and heritage of the country”.
The court added that the Constitution allows one to be atheist, but it does not mean that one can pass obscene remarks against gods and goddesses. These observations were made by Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav while allowing bail application of one Akash Jatav of Hathras, who is accused of sharing objectionable images of Hindu deities on social media.
Jatav was arrested on January 4. Last month, Justice Yadav had hit headlines when he had said that the government should bring a bill in Parliament to give fundamental rights to cows and to declare it the national animal. While denying bail to a man accused of cow slaughter, Justice Yadav in his 12-page order had also said that “scientists believe cow is the only animal that inhales and exhales oxygen”. In his bail order on Friday, Justice Yadav also said that there is a need to educate children on this issue.
This, he added, can only be done by making it a compulsory subject in all the schools of the country and educating the children about Indian culture.
The judge allowed the bail application, considering the plea of the applicant that he was in jail for the last 10 months. The trial in his case was yet to commence and there was no chance that trial would conclude in near future.
On the allegations against the applicant, the judge said that there are many countries in the world where there is a provision of harsh punishment for such conduct, but in India there is provision of lesser punishment in comparison to many countries.
Elaborating its stand, Justice Yadav it its 12-page judgment delivered in Hindi further said that “recently, the apex court has given its decision in the Ram Janmabhoomi case in favour of the people who believe in the Lord Ram, who is the soul and culture of India and India is incomplete without Lord Ram”.
Besides, the judge said that one should respect the deities and culture of the country in which he or she lives, instead of making obscene remarks on such issues.

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