Media houses to be punished if they publish photographs of women taking bath in Kumbh Mela: Allahabad High Court

Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Saturday directed that no photographs of women taking a bath or a dip in the river Ganga during Kumbh Mela would be published by any print or visual media house.

After hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Aseem Kumar Rai, the Allahabad High Court said, “If any publication is found to have done the same, an action shall be taken against the publisher by the High Court.”

Kumbh Mela is the largest human congregation in the world, with lakhs of pilgrims participating in the festival with the belief that taking a dip at the holy Sangam, a confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers would pave the way for salvation.

The 55-day long Kumbh Mela will end on March 4.