Jaipur: The local police of Jaipur’s Pratap Nagar area has been dragged to court for refusing to permit people to burn the Ravana effigy in the wake of COVID-19 guidelines.
The Pratap Nagar police had seized an effigy of Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in the area when a few people were planning to burn it to celebrate the occasion.
The state government of Rajasthan has banned mass functions and effigy burning on Dussehra, keeping the pandemic in mind. The Station House Officer (SHO) of the police station had kept the seized effigy at the Thana premises.
The members of Pratap Nagar Resident Welfare Association were unhappy by this action and approached to the local court against police and demanded the return of the Ravana effigy.
The organiser of the event, Vikas Somani said, “Police found only four to five people on the spot. So, there is no violation of the law. If the police have confiscated the effigy, under what law was it taken by them,” as quoted by The New Indian Express.
Somani further said there is a definite possibility that the effigy could get spoiled if it remains lie in the open at the police station.
Purushottam Sharma, who is a resident of Sardarpur area of Jodhpur had claimed in a letter to CM Ashok Gehlot that the action taken by police to seize the effigy of Ravana could hurt people’s religious sentiments.
Sharma said, “Ravana is the son-in-law of Jodhpur and keeping his effigy in a Police Thana is an insult to the people of Jodhpur and Rajasthan. Stern action should be taken against the police officer who insulted people’s sentiments.”
As per tradition, Mandodari, the wife of Ravana was from a town called Mandore which is located about nine km away from Jodhpur. In that area, Ravana is treated as a son-in-law by some local Brahmins. Also, a temple dedicated to him is still present in Jodhpur.
However, the Jaipur Mahanagar Court-5 has now asked the Pratap Nagar polhce to explain that under what law they had seized the effigy.
The court has also asked the SHO to appear on Friday, but as the SHO was assigned for the recruitment of cops, the case will be heard next week on Monday.