New Delhi: The Allahabad High Court on Saturday directed the media houses not to publish photographs of women devotees taking holy dip or bath in the Kumbh Mela.

If any publication is done, an action shall be taken against the publisher by the Court, it said. The court gave its order on a plea filed by advocate Aseem Kumar.

Passing the order, the court also warned those who would be found flouting this norm of strictest action.

“The pictures will not be published either in print or visual media,” said the bench comprising Justice PKS Baghel and Justice Pankaj Bhatia. The bench added: “If any publication is done, an action shall be taken against the publisher by the Court.”

The Kumbh Mela comprises of many rituals including bathing ritual, which by far is the most significant ritual performed at Kumbh. Millions of pilgrims take part in the Kumbh bathing ritual at the Triveni Sangam. Performing this sacred ceremony is in accordance with the belief that by submerging oneself in the holy waters, one is purged of all their sins, release themselves and their ancestors from the cycle of rebirth and ultimate attainment of Moksha.

Along with the bathing ritual, the pilgrims also worship on the banks of the holy river and participate in discourses from various sadhus and saints.