I was quite surprised to see the description of another case he has been handling, which concerns the Hindu fire-walking ceremony.
ST Oct 3, 2006Like Shanmugam, I too am unsure of the point. Are there any Hindu women out there who would like to comment?
Another M. Ravi case held over in courts
YET another M. Ravi case has stalled in the courts as the lawyer remains warded in hospital.
In the latest case, Mr Ravi has taken on the Hindu Endowments Board and the board of trustees of the Sri Mariamman Temple.
In a suit filed in the High Court on Sept 6, Mr Ravi wants to halt the annual fire-walking ceremony that is scheduled to take place at the temple next Monday.
He claims that the ceremony violates Singapore's Constitution on gender discrimination as women are not allowed to walk across the smouldering coals.
As a result, the ceremony discriminates against women in violation of Hindu ecclesiastical laws, practices and customs, he claims.
The matter was to be heard in chambers yesterday, but Mr Ravi did not attend as he has been warded at Adam Road Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital, since Sept 20.
He has yet to file the required affidavits to support his application.
The court adjourned the case, giving him time to take directions on the filing of supporting documents.
This is the latest in a string of no-shows by the lawyer that have led to postponements of his clients' cases.
The Court of Appeal last week adjourned the hearing of two Falungong followers who wanted a stay of their trial in the Subordinate Courts.
Last month, a hearing into Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's defamation suit against the Chee siblings - Singapore Democratic Party chief Chee Soon Juan and his sister Siok Chin - was postponed as Mr Ravi was sick. The court ruled against the Chees the following day.
In the latest case, Senior Counsel K. Shanmugam, who is acting for the defendants, told The Straits Times: 'I'm trying to understand what exactly is the point being made. In my view, there are no merits in this application.'
In Singapore, women do not walk across the coals but instead walk around the fire pit.
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