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Stranger than fiction: Delhi HC can’t force man to ‘lock his zip’ in writ over public urination on Gods

Religious Urination Prevention System (RUPS): Ineffective
Religious Urination Prevention System (RUPS): Ineffective

The Delhi high court has disposed of a writ petition seeking to get deities’ portraits removed from a building walls because men were urinating against them.

The judgment by Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Deepa Sharma from 26 March 2014 is delightfully written, as it addresses the absurdity of the petition and skewers the menace of public urination caused by men not being able to keep it in their pants.

The order:

1. The writ petition raises an issue which this Court, if at all it can solve could do so in a clumsy way. The petitioner has filed photographs showing that residents of buildings and especially Group Housing Complex, fed up with the Indian habit of relieving the pressure on the bladder by unzipping and peeing on the first wall seen by the person is sought to be curtailed, if not at all prohibited, by affixing photographs deities on the walls. The hope would be that man, the greatest creation of the infinite artist, would not dare his privies in front of his lord and would not urinate on the road.

2. In spite thereof, the photographs evidence that the pressure on the bladder is blatantly relieved by virtually peeing on the photographs of once God.

3. Not only that the photographs at page 26 would reveal that to shame the offender the owners of the complex have written graffiti that ‘Look here a dog and a donkey is peeing’. In spite thereof, a man is seen peeing on the wall.

4. Now, nobody can prevent a person from affixing photographs of deities on the walls of his house or on the walls of a Group Housing Complex. The direction sought to be issued against the residents that photographs of Gods be directed to be removed cannot be issued by us. The menace of urinating in public has to be solved elsewhere.

5. Surely this Court cannot makes a man walks out of his house his zip should be locked [sic].

6. The writ petition stands disposed of.

Thanks to @vakeel_saheba for first tweeting the order and alerting us to it.

Photo by Jon Robson

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