ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Waiting Game

FOLLOWING a private member's resolution moved by the CPI(M)'s Joyneil Abedin seeking restrictive legislation on religious places, the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Bill has been introduced in parliament. The statement of objects and reasons of the bill pre-empts attempts at inciting controversy in respect of places of worship in existence on August 15, 1947 by proposing that their status remain the same as it was on that date. The disputed site at Ayodhya that is currently at the centre of protracted conflict and shrines in Jammu and Kashmir are exempted from the purview of the bill. To take retrospective effect from July 11, 1991 the bill stipulates imprisonment up to three years and a fine for contravention of its provisions.

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