A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 in the midst of a ruckus over the Maa Shringar Gauri-Gyanvapi episode. Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, General Secretary of All India Sant Samiti has challenged the Upasana Act 1991. He asked on Wednesday, 'The Parliament of Delhi has passed such an act that we cannot claim for our God places of Kashi and Mathura. Why can't we claim, where is this justice?
Lucknow: Therefore, today we have challenged the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 i.e. Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 and its sections in the Supreme Court through public interest litigation. We have demanded that we should be relieved from the provisions of this Act which do not seem to be useful from anywhere.
When religion was attacked, the bill was brought
Swami Jitendranand Saraswati said that under the fundamental right of freedom of religion in the Indian Constitution, when our religion was attacked, a bill was brought. That arrangement was named the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act. Even if we say that we are residents of a free country. But before the date of attainment of independence, under the conditions of slavery in which we had God's place, we cannot get them.
In this application filed by Jitendranand Saraswati, it has been said that between 1192 and 1947, foreign invaders destroyed hundreds of religious places of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist faith. Its details and evidence are all recorded in history.
Challenged within the ambit of the Constitution
Swami Jitendranand Saraswati said that there is a proverb that says that Jabra kills and does not cry. We can't even complain. Attempts have been made to destroy our culture and civilization. At the time when the water of Ayodhya was turned red with the blood of Ram devotees and five lakh, Ram devotees were in jail. At that time the Parliament of Delhi passed such an act that today it is said that you cannot claim your claim on Kashi and Mathura. That's why we have challenged this Act.