The Lord Jagannath rath yatra and actions linked to it won’t be allowed this 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Courtroom mentioned at present. “Lord Jagannath won’t forgive us if we allowed the rath yatra,” Chief Justice of India SA Bobde mentioned whereas listening to a petition in search of to defer the rath yatra in Odisha’s Puri which is scheduled to start out on June 23.
“Such gatherings cannot happen on the time of the pandemic,” the Supreme Courtroom mentioned, referring to the recommendation by well being professionals to keep up social distancing because the extremely infectious coronavirus can unfold through respiratory droplets and floor contact. The danger will increase in a crowded setting.
The court docket mentioned it can’t enable the rath yatra this 12 months “within the curiosity of public well being and security of residents”.
A non-profit, Odisha Vikas Parishad, in its petition mentioned the annual rath yatra within the coastal district in Odisha will draw some 10 lakh individuals and the spiritual occasion goes on for 10-12 days.
The rath yatra amid the COVID-19 pandemic “shall be an invite to contaminate lakhs of devotees”, the petition mentioned, including the Odisha authorities has additionally not allowed spiritual locations to open earlier than June 30.
The non-profit mentioned permitting the rath yatra would violate the state authorities’s order.
“This can be a critical matter,” the Chief Justice of India mentioned.