Lucknow: The Parliament must pass a legislation to honour Lord Ram and Krishna considering they reflect the culture and heritage of the country, said the Allahabad High Court on Friday.
The observations were made while hearing the bail application of Akash Jatav, an accused of Hathras who allegedly shared objectionable images of Hindu deities on social media. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on January 4 this year.
The observations were made by Justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav, who had earlier stated that the government should pass a bill in the Parliament to declare cow as the national animal of India.
“There is a need for Parliament to bring a law to pay national honour (Rashtriya Samman) to lord Ram, Krishna, Ramayana, Gita and their authors Maharishi Valmiki and Maharishi Ved Vyas, as they represent the culture and heritage of the country,” stated the court in its judgment in Hindi on October 8.
The court also stated that there is a need to education school students about Indian culture by making it a compulsory subject in the curriculum across the nation.
The court granted the bail to Jatav who was in jail for the last 10 months considering the trial in his case was yet to commence. Following the allegations against the applicant, the court stated that while many other countries have a provision for harsh punishments for such conduct, India has a provision which has lesser harsh provisions in place.
Further to the allegations against Jatav, the court added that one should respect the “deities and culture of the country” in which they belong to instead of making obscene remarks on such issues.
“The Indian constitution allows one to be an atheist. However, it does not give the liberty to pass any obscene remarks against gods and goddesses,” said Justice Yadav.