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Right to dignity extends even in death but that doesn’t mean corpses can be buried on temple land: Madras High Court 

The Court also said that the state Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) department, being the custodian of temples, should take all possible steps to remove encroachments and unauthorised occupation on temple lands.

The Court was hearing a plea filed by one SP Narayanan, a hat seller near the ancient Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy Temple in Thiruchendur district in Tamil Nadu. 

The petitioner told the Court that a plot of land adjacent to the temple and owned by the temple authorities, admeasuring around 30 acres, was being used for “burials” and “other illegal activities” during night time.

He said he had sent several representations to the district authorities to secure the land plot and reserve it for facilities for the devotees like parking vehicles but the authorities were yet to consider his representations.

Source: Barandbench

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