Supreme Court directs Karnataka Chief to stop Devadasi system

SC puts a stop to Devadasis ceremony in Karnataka after hearing a lawyer's petition.

Updated: February 13, 2014 4:02:07 pm
SC directs Karnataka's Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee to stop the Devidasis ceremony. SC directs Karnataka’s Chief Secretary, Kaushik Mukherjee, to stop the Devadasis ceremony.

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Chief Secretary of Karnataka government to stop the ceremony to dedicate young girls as ‘Devadasis’.

The ceremony, which happens on a full moon night, is slated to happen tonight near the Karnataka-Maharashtra border.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam passed the interim direction on a PIL, petitioned by a lawyer on an urgent basis.

The bench allowed the interim plea and asked Karnataka government to ensure this ceremony does not take place today. The court also issued notices to the Centre and governments of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

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