The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered the police authorities to specifically ban obscene and vulgar song and dance performances during the upcoming Dasara festival of Arultharum Mutharamman Thirukovil at Kulasekarapattinam in Thoothukudi district.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation motion filed by Attorney B. Ramkumar Adityan of Thoothukudi District. He asked the Thoothukudi district administration to obtain a statement from the organizers guaranteeing that there would be no obscene and vulgar song and dance performances.
During the hearing, the State argued that under a High Court order relating to the conduct of cultural programmes, the Chief Constable had issued a circular directing all Commissioners of Police and to all superintendents of police to see that the direction issued by the court has been executed.
Station inspectors/officers have been instructed to obtain a commitment and assurance from the organizers at the time of granting permission that there will be no obscenity or vulgarity in the cultural program and that there will be no disturbance of the public peace and tranquility. If there was a violation, the police would take action, it was submitted.
A divisional bench of Justices R. Mahadevan and J. Sathya Narayana Prasad noted that the Chief Police Officer referred to various High Court orders and issued consolidated instructions regarding the procedures to be followed during the granting of authorization to organize cultural events. , sporting events, procession/meeting, etc.
The petition was rejected.