"Why do we repeatedly embarrass ourselves? : Uttarakhand HC

"Why do we repeatedly embarrass ourselves? First we make the mistake of holding Kumbh Mela, then there is Char Dham:" Uttarakhand HC

The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday expressed its displeasure at the failure of the State government in ensuring compliance with COVID protocol while holding religious events or gatherings like Kumbh Mela and Char Dham Yatra in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Verma said that the blatant violation of social distancing norms during these religious gatherings have caused embarrassment to the State.

The remarks came after the Court came across videos on social media showing a large number of priests moving around in pilgrimage centres, Badrinath and Kedarnath in violation of social distancing norms.

The Court added that the videos showing violations of social distancing are available on social media. The government should be asking questions to violators instead of the Court, the Chief Justice added.

The matter will be taken up next on June 9.

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