During the hearing of a PIL, the Bombay High Court expressed reservations over the BJP ruled Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) plan to recite ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ at its AIDS awareness event, and asked whether India is for Hindus only.
The AIDS event that is planned in association with the Poddarshwar Ram Mandir Trust is planned at Kasturchand Park grounds in Nagpur.
The Bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and Swapna Joshi asked why just the recital of Hanuman Chalisa, why not from the Quran, the Bible, or other religious literature? Is it only Hindus who contract AIDS? Is chanting the Chalisa the only remedy for the deadly disease?
The Justices disposed of the PIL filed by former corporator Janardan Moon, and asked that at least an hour’s gap be kept between the AIDS awareness programme and the Hanuman Chalisa recitation, that over 150,000 people are expected to attend.
They asked that the NMC give wide publicity to its AIDS awareness programme without mentioning the Hanuman Chalisa event.
The Bench clarified that it is not against any religious programmes, but is concerned with government agencies associating with them.