Hindu Groups protest the visit of Evangelist Benny Hinn in India

Hindu Groups protest the visit of Evangelist Benny Hinn in IndiaBenny Hinn, a prominent American Evangelist is scheduled to participate a prayer meeting at Bethel A G Church, Hebbal in Bangalore City, Karnataka, India from January 15 to 19, 2014. Objecting to the forthcoming visit of Evangelist Benny Hinn, Sri Rama Sene in a petition before the High Court of Karnataka has urged the court to issue directions prohibiting Benny Hinn’s entry and ban holding of any event. Referring the writ petition to the division bench, Justice has asked them to consider it as a PIL.

Sri Rama Sene moves High Court for ban on his visit

According to the petition, when Hinn visited Bangalore in January 2005, there were protests, demonstrations and over 100 buses were damaged, besides rendering entire City tense. The State government, the petition said, has sought to allow Hinn, despite being aware of the repercussions his visit would have. The petition contended that the State government was in the process of bringing in Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practice Bill 2013. But by welcoming Hinn, who claims to work miracles on the diseased persons and curing them, it was indulging in double standards.

High Court directs police to maintain peace

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice B.V. Nagarathna of the High Court of Karnataka on Friday directed the State Police to take necessary precautionary measures for maintaining peace in the city during the five-day event of the American Evangelist Benny Hinn. The Court told the law enforcement agencies to ensure that exercise of fundamental rights by any person is not impeded or interfered with by any motley crowd or any group of persons.

High Court tells Sri Rama Sene to back-off during his event

The court took assurance from the Bangalore city unit of the Sri Rama Sene that either they or others on their behalf do not propose to create any commotion or disturbance by themselves in the name of protesting as exercise of fundamental right. The court appreciated the petitioners for promising that they would not create any commotion or disturbance.
Earlier, during the hearing, the Bench wanted to know why the petitioners wanted to hold demonstration against this religious event and why they do not hold such a demonstration when thousands join for mass recital of the Bhagwad Gita. “India is a secular country. It has so many sects, languages, beliefs and religions as well as social and cultural groups. Tolerance is the need of the hour. We are shocked that the courts are used for these kinds of issues,” the Bench observed orally.

Protest against his convention

In the meantime, a group of members of several Hindu organisations staged a protest demonstration against American Evangelist Benny Hinn’s convention. Describing Mr. Hinn as a “fraudster”, the protesters requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his Government to cancel the permission issued for the programme. They urged the State government to implement the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices bill immediately.
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