No pho­tog­ra­phy within 100 me­tres of Kumbh’s bathing ghat

HC SAYS ‘NO’ TO PUB­LISH­ING PHO­TO­GRAPHS OF WOMEN TAK­ING BATH AT MELA

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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

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