Shimla: A self-styled sanyasi based in Bilaspur town, 199 km in from Shimla, barred the Dalits from entering a temple. He put up a sign on the wall of Markandeya Temple which read, ‘Shudras (Dalits) not allowed entering the temple of Sanyasis. Maintain the social system’.
According to Mail today, “Taking a serious note of the declaration made by Baba Kewal, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued contempt of court notices to the senior functionaries of the district. A bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh had passed an order banning the putting up of such notices on the premises of a temple after taking cognisance of media reports about it. The court had also ordered the district functionaries to ensure that no such board is put up in the future.”
The report said, “The board was removed and a case registered against Kewal, but he put the same notice up again. The contempt notices were issued following a letter of complaint written by S. R. Harnot, president of Shimla’s Himalaya Sahitya, Sanskriti Avam Paryavaran Manch, to the Chief Justice. ‘The court has issued contempt of court notices to Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, and the chairman of the management committee of the temple, for their failure to ensure compliance of the orders,’ a court spokesperson said. ‘It is a shame that Dalits are still treated as children of a lesser god,’ Harnot said. There are over a dozen temples in the state where Dalits cannot even touch the temple walls.”