Himachal High Court refuses to lift ban on animal sacrifices

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday rejected a plea seeking review of its September 1 order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes in the state.

PTI| Updated: Sep 27, 2014, 00:58 AM IST

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday rejected a plea seeking review of its September 1 order banning animal sacrifices for religious purposes in the state.

A division bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur had reserved its judgement yesterday.

The petitioner, Kardar Sangh, had contended that animal sacrifice was a matter of faith.

The court had banned the sacrifice of animals in temples, saying they "cannot be permitted to be killed in a barbaric manner to appease the gods."

"No person throughout the state shall sacrifice any animal in any place of public religious worship, including all land and buildings?near such places of religious worship which are ordinarily connected to religious purposes," judges Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur observed.

Meanwhile, 'Jagati Puch', an outfit of caretakers of temples of Kullu Valley said they did not agree with the judgement and will challenge it.

They decided to chalk out the future course of action at the next meeting of 'Jagati Puch'.

As per the tradition, the 'Jagati Puch' is held only in extraordinary situations and?was called last time in February 2006.

"The doors to get justice are still open," Maheshwar Singh, local legislator and chief representative of Lord Raghunath, the Kullu Valley's chief deity, said.