Posted by: becketfund | May 30, 2009

India: Court Determines Ability to Rule on Basic Religious Tenants

CHANDIGARH – The High Court in Punjab and Haryana has determined that it may rule on, and determine the proper practice of, the basic tenants of religions, the Tribune reported on May 30.  The High Court’s ruling was announced in a case over whether or not Sikhs must keep their hair unshorn to qualify for a Medical schools’ minority quota.  An excerpt from the Court’s ruling reads: “In the process of analysis we were persuaded to conclude that a court, in case of a conflict, even on an aspect relating to religion, can enter into the religious thicket to determine the do’s and dont’s of the religion by relying upon the views expressed by the spokespersons of the said religion.”

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