India’s President discriminated at a Hindu temple due his caste, media report claims

Orissa — In a shocking incident, India’s President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind were allegedly misbehaved because of their caste during their trip to Jagannath Hindu Temple in the eastern Indian state of Orissa on March 18, according to a report by The Times of India.

The Puri district administration has initiated an investigation into the matter three months after the incident took place. The report stated that, some servitors had obstructed the path of the President near the shrine’s sanctum sanctorum. The incident was confirmed by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) chief administrator, IAS officer Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

“We discussed the matter at a meeting of the temple managing committee a few days ago. It is being investigated,” Mohapatra said.

A local newspaper, Pragativadi mentioned that, when President Kovind walked towards Ratna Singhasana in Puri Jagannath temple, a Khuntia Mekap servitor reportedly did not give the President proper space. The report added that some servitors ‘nudged’ the couple while they were having darshan.

The temple administration has taken the matter seriously, and issued show cause notices to three servitors.