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Each such dilemma is examined using an interdisciplinary approach to human rights law, an approach that strives to create associations between legal provisions and the philosophy underlying them. Top students are invited to sit on the student editorial board. LEHR is published by De Gruyter in both print and online and distributed to tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. Issue 1- Read articles. Issue 2- Read articles. If Embryos and Fetuses Have Rights. Morality, Ontology, and Corporate Rights. Corporate Crime and Plea Bargains.

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Religion as Identity. NS Decision. Shachar, Ayelet Squaring the Circle of Multiculturalism? Religious Freedom and Gender Equality in Canada. Law and Ethics of Human Rights. A Right to Leisure? The right to worship as I have said cannot be regarded as something entirely apart from the place of worship … it must be held that a dispute as to the right to worship a deity in a particular temple is a Dispute falling within the ambit of Section , Cr. It may be that the dispute in actual fact may have more to do with what a man does in the temple after entering into it and not so much with his actual entry into the temple; nevertheless where the right regarding which a dispute exists is one which is inseparably connected with the right to enter a building and cannot be dissociated from it the dispute cannot be said to be not one regarding an alleged right of user of the building Velappa Goundan And Ors.

Neither these additions to the temple nor the attributes added to the idol were acceptable to the Digambaras—e. If the Digamberies have a right to worship at the temple the attempt of the Swetamberies to put Chakshus to place Dhwajadand or Kalash in accordance with their tenets and to claim that the idol is a Swetamberi idol was to preclude the Digamberies from exercising their right to worship at the temple.

These findings clearly establish that the Appellants interfered with the rights of Digamberies to worship with respect to which a civil suit is maintainable under section 9 of the Civil Procedure Code. Disputes pertaining to religious office including performance of rituals were always decided by the Courts established by law. There are numerous authorities where dispute about entry in the Temple, right to worship, performing certain rituals, have been taken cognizance of and decided by civil Courts.

Bareheaded devotees complained they were prevented by the covered-headed ones from entering the mandir and worshipping there. This was a long-standing conflict and judgments to decide the same question already existed by the end of the nineteenth century Queen Empress ; Ataullah These earlier rulings were confirmed by the Allahabad High Court, with particular reference to Justice Mahmood in Ataullah :.

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I hold also that this should be pronounced. I hold also that there is a difference of the exact note in which it should be pronounced and I hold that there is no authority to say at what note of the vocal octave the voice should emanate. Indeed, the margin between legitimately deciding on religious issues when civil rights are deemed to be at stake and unduly interfering in religious matters is rather narrow.

Gopanna The above judgment in Syed Farzand Ali was thus commented upon and implicitly disagreed with in another case, this time concerning Christians Koil Pillai :. In this case the judge instead stressed the line of argument previously developed in M. Appadorai Aiyangar to strike a balance between the two contradictory requirements made of the courts: not to interfere in religious matters while protecting civil rights, which may lead to such interference.

It has been recognised that the Court in adjudicating on a right of worship or a right to a religious office not infrequently is obliged to decide incidentally questions of ritual but it follows that the Court will not on a mere pretence that a right to worship has been infringed, arrogate to itself a jurisdiction which it does not possess to prescribe forms of prayer, rights to religious precedence and questions of that nature.

However, important changes in religion are also brought forth through action of a less political nature on the part of the courts. Such processes result from systemic properties of Common law and are quite independent from any secularist agenda.


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One of them, already identified by scholars, is the general effect produced by the fact that the Constitution is centered on individuals on the basis of equality, a legal framework at odds with widely shared Hindu conceptions and practices. A right to an office is taken as an instance of a more general right to property. The right to a religious office does not differ from the right to any other office, which means that it must satisfy the same conditions to be held valid.

The right to worship is taken as just one instance of the right to access or use land and water, which is regulated by dispositions of the Criminal Code. But at a much more fundamental level it also results from the legal system itself which imposes a legal categorization on aspects of religious life: religion has to fall within this legal universe of discourse and of enforceable rules. The kind of religion that is thus eventually shaped is mostly framed by questions and rules that were initially elaborated for other, non-religious litigations.

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Indeed, nearly all aspects of religious life may thus be re-defined through such legal categories projected and imposed on religious issues, a fact often underestimated in the description of actual attitudes, practices, and institutions in religion. Narayana Deekshitulu v. Adi Saiva Sivachariyargal … v.

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Appadorai Aiyangar Deceased … v. Annangarachariar And Ors. Mitta Kunth Audhicarry v. Muniandi Kone and Ors. Adithayan v. Queen Empress v. Ramzan And Ors. Raj Kali Kuer v. Ratilal Panachand Gandhi v. Rattan Singh and ors. Beli Ram and ors.

Mahendran v. Sastri Yagnapurushadji And … v. State of Orissa And Sri Jagannath … v. Syed Farzand Ali v. Nasir Beg And Ors. The Commissioner, Hindu Religious Endowments v. The Durgah Committee, Ajmer and Anr. Syed Hussain Ali and Ors. Thirumalai Alwar Aiyangar … v. Tilkayat Shri Govindlalji … v. Vathiar Venkatachariar v. Ponappa Ayyangar , 45 I.

Velappa Goundan And Ors.