Supreme Court says name of holy book can’t be used as trademark


New Delhi: Supreme Court of India has said that no one can claim the name of holy books like Ramayana, Quran or Bible and use them as a trademark for selling goods and stuff.

The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and RK Agarwal said on Wednesday that answer to the question whether the names of such books can be used as a trademark was a clear no. They said that it could hurt people’s sensibilities.

The ruling was the result of an appeal filed by Bihar-based Lal Babu Priyadarshi, who had sought to trademark the word ‘Ramayan’ to sell incense sticks and perfumes, against the order of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB).

The Court also said that the use of pictures of Gods to sell items was not allowed as it was like taking advantage of God.

While this judgment concerns the practice of using God for selling stuff, something should be done about using God for political gains. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti had made such a remark during the campaign of 2104 elections wherein she invoked lord Rama and hurled abuses at others.

Religion is always used as a big weapon of persuasion. A normal person usually fears questioning anything related to religion and a lot of people take advantage of it.

The governments apparently refrain from going for course correction, lest they should lose their ‘vote bank’.

Strong decisions like this from the Supreme Court always help to stop the misuse of innocent people’s faith.

Religion is a personal thing and it should be kept personal.

(With inputs from agencies)