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02/12/2022
Laws of Bangladesh

The Antiquities Act, 1968

( ACT NO. XIV OF 1968 )

Protection of place of worship from misuse etc.
17. (1) A place of worship or shrine, being an antiquity maintained by the Government, shall not be used for any purpose inconsistent with its character.
 
 
 
 
(2) A place of worship or shrine in respect of which the Director has accepted guardianship in pursuance of an agreement under section 12 shall, unless the agreement otherwise provides, be maintained by the person or body in whom it is vested or, if there is no such person or body, by the Government.
 
 
 
 
(3) Where any antiquity in respect of which the Government has acquired any right under this Act or the Director has accepted guardianship is periodically used for religious worship or observances by any community, the Director shall provide for the protection of such antiquity from pollution or desecration-
 
 
 
 
(a) by prohibiting the entry therein, except in accordance with the conditions prescribed with the concurrence of the person in charge of the antiquity, of any person not entitled so to enter by the religious usages of the community by which the antiquity is used; and
 
 
 
 
(b) by taking with the concurrence of the person in charge of the antiquity such other action as he may think necessary for the purpose.
 
 
 
 
(4) Whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section (3) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.

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