The Supreme Court of India requests an answer to the question of Hindu pilgrimage during the pandemic | Coronavirus pandemic news
The Supreme Court stated that citizens were “confused” about the permit to use Kanwar Yatra from July 25.
Although experts warned that a third wave of COVID-19 will inevitably occur in the country, the Supreme Court of India still challenged the government’s decision to allow important Hindu pilgrimages.
The legal news portal Live Law reported on Wednesday that judges have sought answers from Uttar Pradesh and the federal government for their decision to allow the use of Kanwar Yatra from July 25, stating that they were “uneasy” about the matter.
The court stated that citizens were “confused” by this permission. At the same time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and medical experts warned against holding large gatherings and urged people to observe social distancing and other regulations.
It confirmed the next hearing on Friday.
Indian media reported that on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India, stated that the pilgrimage can be carried out with a “minimal number of people” and “strict implementation of the COVID-19 agreement.”
Every year, an estimated 50 million “kanwariyas”-followers of Hindu Lord Shiva-take water from the holy river Ganges on foot or by other means from various states and worship them in the Shiva temple in their area.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), which represents doctors in the country, stated that the third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable.
Pictures of people flocking to tourist destinations and markets without wearing masks and ignoring social distancing go viral on the Internet.
In recent weeks, the number of new daily cases in India has dropped from 400,000 at the peak of the second wave in May to about 40,000.
India’s main challenge remains to vaccinate its 1.35 billion people. According to the DPA news agency, so far, less than 6% of the eligible population has been vaccinated.