April 22, 2007
Proposed laws for temples protested
Express News Service
Mumbai, April 21: IN order to protest the State Government’s 15th Law Commission proposing the Temple Takeover Act and Anti Superstition Act, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), comprising temple trustees, organised a public meeting on Friday. As per the proposed laws, 4,50,000 Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Parsi temples and trusts would come under government control.
The meeting was addressed by national spokesperson for HJS Durgesh Samant, Shiv Sena leader Diwakar Raote and trustees of various temple trusts.
“The Act infringes upon our religion. Any practices, if criminal, can very well be covered by the Indian Penal Code. There is no need for a separate law,” said Samant. “Wherever the government has taken control of temple trusts, funds and properties have been mismanaged. Temple trusts have traditionally been privately managed, why does the government want to take over? The only reason I can think of is funds,” he added. The HJS announced plans to establish a Maharashtra Mandir Mahasangh.