Supreme Court tells Karnataka to check Devadasis practice

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supremecourt1The Supreme Court on Thursday directed Karnataka’s chief secretary to ensure that no girls are offered on Thursday night or Friday as devotees to temples in a practice known as Devadasis.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, while issuing notice to the Karanataka government directed the chief secretary to take all “preventive measure in the conduct of the programmes to be held in the early hours of February 14, where girls are being dedicated as devotees to the temple”.

“We also direct the chief secretary (to ensure) that no such incident (of dedicating girls as devotees to temples) takes place either on February 13 or February 14.”

As counsel for a PIL petitioner mentioned the matter before the court, the chief justice observed: “Such an important matter and you (petitioner’s counsel) come at such belated stage?”