A baby circus in India’s capital, Delhi, was shut down this week due to financial reasons, a spokesperson for the country’s government told the Associated Press.
“We have asked the management team to explain the reasons behind the decision,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the circus was due to hold a “baby day” on Monday, which was “unexpectedly” cancelled, and the management has not yet been informed of its reasons.
In a separate statement to the AP, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said the government is “not able to provide any specific information about the reasons for the decision” and added that the government “will not comment on the matter”.
The spokesperson added that circus attendance is an important part of the Indian culture and “we are looking into the situation”.
Indian media outlets have also reported that the circus has also been accused of having a “pro-Hindu” agenda.
India has a reputation for being one of the world’s least religious nations, with a Hindu majority.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has been in power for almost 30 years, and has pushed for strict secularism.
The Indian government has been criticised for its handling of a series of religious riots that broke out last year in parts of the country, including in the capital, and some in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
India is also known for its high levels of religious violence.
The violence has killed more than 10,000 people, according to the United Nations.