Plea seeks subsidy for non-Muslim pilgrims

February 27th, 2008 - 8:57 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) A city-based lawyer Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking its direction to the government to grant monetary aid, matching the Haj subsidy, to non-Muslim pilgrims. The petition seeking government aid for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists undertaking pilgrims within and outside the country was filed by advocate Ashok Pandey.

The petition said that like Haj pilgrims, people from other religions undertaking their pilgrimages to countries like Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and China too should be given monetary aid by the government.

The petitioner also sought the court direction to the government to undertake diplomatic negotiations with Sri Lanka to ensure unhindered access of Hindu pilgrims to Ashok Vatika in that country, where according to Ramayana Lord Rama’s wife Sita was kept hostage.

The advocate said Hindu pilgrims should be allowed to visit Sri Lanka without travel documents like passports and visa.

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