Women who cut a cake on Mahakal premises fined Rs 1L, barred from entering the temple

Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): The local police have registered a case against two women – Nandini Joshi and Sadhana Upadhyay – for cutting a cake in the nandigrah of the Sri Mahakal Temple here.

District collector Manish Singh, who is also the chairman of the temple management committee, had instructed the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) to take action against the two women.

No entry for a month

The two have been served notices under section 107 and 116 of the CrPC and have been summoned to the ADM court on May 25. The two have also been fined Rs 1,00,000. The temple authorities have given them a show-cause notice and have banned their entry into the temple premises for a month. This is the first time that the temple authorities have taken such an action against the  visitors for violating the temple’s traditions.

Nandini Joshi and Sadhna Upadhyay had cut a cake in the temple on May 7 at 1.10 pm. A video of the incident had gone viral.

The ADM stated in his order that cutting a cake in the temple goes against the hallowed traditions of the famous place of pilgrimage. The ADM said that the two women had created a situation whereby public order and peace has been imperilled and therefore a case has been registered against them.

May land jail sentence 

According to senior advocate Kiran Juneja, the accused will have to answer seek bail and give an undertaking that they will not repeat the act for six months. If they are found to be involved in a similar activity, their surety may be seized and they may be jailed for six months.

Action against guard

The ADM has also ordered the District Commandant of the Home Guards to take action against Meena Prajapat, a home guard, who was on duty when the incident took place as she had joined the women in cutting the cake.