Karnataka government passes bill in assembly to stop temple demolition


Bengaluru, Sep 22 (IANS): The BJP government in Karnataka, under fire from all corners, especially from Hindu outfits on the issue of temple demolition, finally passed a law in the state Assembly to put a break to temple demolition drive in the state.

The proposed Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill 2021 was passed amid heated debate between both ruling BJP and opposition Congress on Tuesday.

The proposed enactment 'Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill-2021' aims to stop demolition of religious structures in the state in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order.

The enactment states that whatever may be the legal provisions of laws and irrespective of orders or guidelines by courts, jurisprudence and authorities, from the date of implementation of the 'Karnataka Religious Structures Protection Act -2021', the government will protect religious centres in accordance with the stipulated guidelines.

The process of vacating, shifting and demolishing religious centres that have come up on public properties will be stopped once the act is implemented after it is presented and passed in the Legislative Council.

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah alleged that the BJP brought the law after facing heat from the Hindu Jagaran Vedike and Hindu Mahasabha.

He further alleged that after getting the temple demolished in Mysuru, the BJP is bringing a new law for reconstruction. Former minister and Congress MLA U.T. Khader chided that the students are going to read in textbooks that the BJP has demolished the temples like invaders did in India.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, from 2010 to 2019 as many as 161 temples, masjids and dargahs have been demolished in Mysuru. "If you fix responsibility on ruling BJP for the demolition of a temple in Mysuru, who will you hold responsible for these demolitions," he questioned the opposition. "Words are dangerous, we should use them carefully over sensitive issues," he said.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J.C. Madhuswamy said, mistakes have happened all the time and the legislation is being brought to ensure protection for religious structures in future.

The new bill is aimed at protecting unauthorized places of worship that have come up in the state and facing the threat of demolition in the backdrop of the Supreme Court order.

The bill assures protection to all religious centres including temples, churches, mosques and other major religious constructions that have come up on the public property without permission.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2021

    Does this mean that Supreme Court judgement becomes null and void. Supreme Court of the country has no value in front of state assembly!

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  • Melroy C.F.Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoLhlDdLCCA&t=117s This is a video in Gujarati that claims that an entire village was sold by the land mafia.////////////////It takes hard-work to be a moral and ethical human. Humanity is based on these values.////Strip a man of his religion and judge him solely by his actions: that is what it means in a country where “the Church is separated from the State” in the making of legitimate laws and the maintenance of “rule of law”.////The main stay argument of the dogmatic ideologies that classify themselves as “religion”;by ab-using God as their shield and amulet; is that, without them man would become immoral.//// The very basis of this bill(and the akrama-sakrama law) is immoral, illegitimate and contra to the rule of law and equality before the law! //////“Religion” plays a central role in the art of land-grabbing in India. Most bad politicians have interests in these land-grabbing acts, from the remotest village to the biggest cities.//// I have watched this in operation, right where i live, since the last 10 years, with no dept. ready to take any action. It is a well known fact that the Revenue dept. is among the most corrupt depts.. ////This bill is further proof of the truth contained in these sayings : “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion”( Steven Weinberg); “Religion poisons everything”(Christopher Hitchens); “Religion is the opium of the masses” ( Karl Marx); “Bad Politics is the handmaiden of Religion”. /////https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBdfcR-8hEY A lecture on moral reasoning by Professor Michael Sandel, Harvard University.

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  • Wilfred, karnataka

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    first demolition , get sympathy and rebuild and then get vote , good marketing

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    I think this bill will be questioned in the Supreme Court and most likely to get stuck down as illegal encroachment no state or judiciary can condone, otherwise more public places will become bottlenecks and source of future conflicts. It seems the govt is just trying to pass the buck onto courts the judgement is long overdue to get implemented . Hope government doesn't get contempt of court notices for defying its orders. The solution is shift them to other places if they are infringing on the right of people to carry out their day today activities and regularise those which aren't encroaching roads and creating noise pollution in their present locations. I remember an act was brought in to regularise llegal occupation of govt land as "Akrama Sakrama" more people encroached roadsides and lands and got them regularised later creating no footpaths for pedestrians. Helping encroachment is not the right thing by any govt.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Bow down the Dhamki of HJV activists

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    This is how we progress and vikaas.........yeda theda..

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  • OMG, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    When it is illegal and directed by the SC ,why is the need for a law to protect. What examplw are you setting

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Good news. Pass bill in assembly for religious tolerance also.

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Then why BJP govt initiated the demolition? who gave the list of religious structures report to SC? so what is the use of SC lawyers and judges if their order can be replaced by the politicians for their survival? Do anyone think if the protest was done by minorities, they would bring the law today?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Who will build the Church demolished by Idiots in Delhi ...

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  • Manu, Udupi

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Jossey Saldanha, Thane Ask with your friend Kejriwal!!

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    With this stupid law, more and more unauthorised structures will come up in public places and no one will be able to demolish them. So many such temples, churches, mosques are presently blocking road widening everywhere because people have put these up overnight. Now they will continue the strategy of building overnight and getting them regularised.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    No places of worship should be Demolished ...

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Good move .. Enact anti conversion bill immediately...

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Jeevan, Kudlaa Yes, already black money converted to white during demonetisation by Gujjus. No news of anyone depositing large amounts and getting caught. Now clean as a whistle and crorepatis. Largest deposit of cash took place in Gujarat and guess who is director of that bank hahaha

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  • Francis Lewis, Sasthan

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    What about other Religion Prayer places ???

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    Jeevan, What about the Church Demolished in Delhi ...

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  • Jeevan, Kudlaa

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    If churches come under endowment dept sure it is govt responsibility to rebuild.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 22 2021

    They also need to certify the temples and conduct regular Audits. They also need to enact Anti Conversion bill immediately . Along with restriction on Non hindu structures

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