Judge Roberts now orders to book 'nude' Jain sage

PTI, PANAJI | 28 May 2015 21:01 IST

A trial court has ordered Goa Police to file a First Information Report (FIR) against a Jain sage for roaming naked around Margao town last month.

In his order dated May 26, Judicial Magistrate First Class (Margao) Bosco Roberts ordered police to file an FIR under section 294 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with obscenity in public places.

The order, which was passed on May 26, but was formally issued on Wednesday, said that the photos of the Jain sage in the procession "prima facie make out an offence under section 294 of the IPC".

"No doubt the freedom to practice and propagate one's religion is sacrosanct under the constitution of India, but with every freedom comes responsibility and duty not to cause annoyance to others," the order said.

Pranam Sagar Maharaj, a Jain Digambar sage had conducted a procession around Margao town, 35 km from Panaji, accompanied by local Congress MLA Digambar Kamat.

The sage's photographs had gone viral on social media last month, even prompting a cabinet minister to demand a ban on sages roaming around in the buff in Goa.

Digambar is a sect in Jainism whose followers traditionally do not wear clothes and is symbolic of rejection of any possessions. 

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- vinod modi, solapur | 03 rd June 2015 17:41

 

Is that indian culture .Nude person (whoever it is ) so close withing milli meter( based on the picture here) behind a indian woman.And an indian men(ex cm) having his eyes focused on something.Is thisDhavlikar brothers indian culture.??

- sanjay, goa | 31 st May 2015 04:31

 

Not to offend, but please erect big tent in the open ground with the permission from the Municipality and then walk round and round in the tent and practice your religion. Small children, grown up girls are around the Markets. This religion should to see others sentiment also. This religion must respect others family values.

- Mathew Dias, Goa | 29 th May 2015 12:56

 

Hideous. Nude-Sage in public is an oxymoron. And all this happening under the watchful eyes of an ex CM. Shameful.

- Jayesh, Goa | 28 th May 2015 22:41

 

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