Kerala HC clears polling booths in madrasas, says they are not places of worship

The petitioner pointed out places of worship and religious centres should not be made polling booths as per the stipulations of the election commission.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: October 23, 2015 1:44 am
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Kerala High Court has ruled that polling booths can be set up at madrasas as they are not places of worship.

Justice V Chidambaresh made the ruling on Wednesday when B A Kasim of Kasaragod district petitioned against the state election commission’s decision to make a madrasa in his village a polling booth for the upcoming elections to local bodies.

The petitioner pointed out places of worship and religious centres should not be made polling booths as per the stipulations of the election commission. Contenting that it was unconstitutional to use madrasas for election purpose, the petitioner said seven madrassas in his village panchayat Chenkala have been finalised as polling booths.

However, the court said madrasas were functioning like schools and could not be considered as places of worship. Such places do not enjoy any religious significance. The court rejected the petition.

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