However, the same should not be done using the pretext of Kumbh Mela.
Doing so would hurt the sentiments of lakhs of devotees who come for the holy dip,” said Mahant Sudhirdas Pujari of Nashik.
He added that those who have provided a large quantities of condoms with Kumbh Mela in mind do not know the spirit of the festival, where abstinence from sex is not just essential, it is also voluntary.“First of all reports of supplying 5.40 lakh condoms to Nashik is not correct.
“Moreover, due to paucity of funds we did not have the resources to supply the condoms - and hence we requested the state family planning department to supply the condoms to 10 NGOs that are associated with MSACS.
"Like Nashik, all other districts in Maharashtra also receive condoms that are distributed to people, including the high-risk category, through the NGOs.
Every month 68 lakh condoms are distributed free of cost across the state,” Pardeshi added.
Six 'sadhus' were on Thursday injured when a fight broke out among them over an election for different posts in their Akhara during the ongoing ' Simhastha Kumbh' in Ujjain, police said.
Thakur is paralysed below the waist, allegedly due to prolonged torture by the police, and is suffering from cancer.
Her family and lawyer have expressed concern over the effect of the hunger strike on her health.On May 13, jail authorities had written to the court saying that Bhopal police are stretched to capacity with the presence of around 850 officials and jawans in Ujjain.They said adequate forces would not be available for Sadhvi Pragya.“It is shameful that the Madhya Pradesh police have failed to provide the Sadhvi with some sort of police protection so that she can attend the Simhastha Kumbh.It is highly unbecoming for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government that it has not been able to provide a few guards in 11 days since the Dewas sessions court on May 4 allowed her to attend the Hindu religious event.We are moving a contempt petition in the high court,” JP Sharma, Thakur's lawyer, told Mail Today from Bhopal.