The Supreme Court today took stern view of the ongoing violence and vandalism by the Kawarias.
The top court observed that vandalism and destruction of public property cannot be allowed.
“Damage to public properties is a serious issue… This is a grave situation and this must stop. We will take action and won’t wait for amendments,” the court said.
Kanwars, devotees of Lord Shiva who undertake an annual pilgrimage to sacred Hindu places to fetch holy water from River Ganga, have been caught on video in recent weeks damaging public and private property.
This happened even after minor arguments.
Responding to the comments in court today, Justice DY Chandrachud said that in Allahabad, Kanwarias blocked half the highway.
Even Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that none can be allowed to damage third party property.
The observations came over a hearing on a petition filed by the Kodungalur Film Society against the damage to property during protests against the movie Padmaavat that was accused by Rajput groups of hurting their sentiments.
The petitioner argued that 2009 Supreme Court verdict on the subject was not being implemented.>