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Friday, February 11, 2005

Faith healing not a fundamental right: HC

Author: PTI
Publication: Rediff on Net
Date: February 10, 2005

[Note: This item is relevant in context of a faith healing programme organised by the American evangelist, Benny Hinn. It was attended by the secular ministers of the Congress party in Karnataka.]

The Allahabad high court has ruled that no person or organisation can claim constitutional validity for "faith healing" citing the right to freedom of religion and right to protection of life.

Justice Sunil Ambawani, while making the observation, said that both the rights are distinct from each and other and do not overlap.

He also said that right to protection of life, which also entails the right to medical treatment, is regulated by a specific legislation and hence nobody can claim the right to cure people through the power of faith as a fundamental right.

The order was on a complaint filed by one Santosh Saxena, a resident of the city, who had alleged that one Ajay Pratap Singh, who had set up an organisation called the Lal Mahendra Shiv Shakti Seva Samiti, was offering faith healing for a fee of Rs 30.

The court restrained Singh and the organisation from holding faith healing congregations.

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