No photography within 100 metres of Kumbh’s bathing ghat
HC SAYS ‘NO’ TO PUBLISHING PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOMEN TAKING BATH AT MELA
Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Saturday directed that no photographs of women taking a bath or a dip in the river Ganga during Kumbh Mela would be published by any print or visual media house.
After hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Aseem Kumar Rai, the Allahabad High Court said, “If any publication is found to have done the same, an action shall be taken against the publisher by the High Court.”
Kumbh Mela is the largest human congregation in the world, with lakhs of pilgrims participating in the festival with the belief that taking a dip at the holy Sangam, a confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers would pave the way for salvation.
Expressing its displeasure, the bench took the Mela organisers to task over the violation of a former court order which prohibits photography within 100 metres of
the bathing ghat. The court’s orders came on a plea filed by one Aseem Kumar in this regard. The case has been posted
for next hearing in April.
In the wake of the high court directives, a senior superintendent of police (Kumbh) directed the cops and other security personnel deployed in the mela area to ensure that no one clicked pictures at the bathing ghats.
A senior official added that notice boards were put up with the warning of the High Court’s directive over the ban on photography imposed near the bathing ghats.
Around 15 crore people from across the globe are expected to throng Prayagraj during Kumbh mela.
In the wake of Sunday’s ‘shahi snan’, security personnel have been deployed at different crossings and parts of the city for Kumbh Mela. The UP police too has geared up for a seamless and incidentfree Kumbh.—Agencies
More than 2 crore people are expected to take a holy dip on Sunday —FILE