格拉齐亚斯枢机:印度教会严正谴责残暴攻击德里神职人员的野蛮行径
作者 Card. Oswald Gracias
孟买总主教痛斥印度警察甚至动用警棍殴打修女和女教友是"可耻的、应该遭到谴责的卑鄙行径"。由此充分揭示了"这个国家的女性缺乏尊严、得不到尊重"。印度主教团主席上书政府总理

孟买(亚洲新闻)-印度主教团主席、孟买总主教区总主教格拉齐亚斯枢机向本社指出,印度教会"严正谴责德里警察"。昨天,他们动用武力攻击、殴打和逮捕了包括新德里总主教安尼尔·考托蒙席在内的三百多名地方教会神职人员。当时,考托总主教正和司铎、修女们一起参加为劣等种姓基督徒和穆斯林争取人权的和平示威。警察不仅对身穿司铎、修女服饰的司铎修女大打出手,还殴打了在场的宗教领导人,用水枪横扫示威人群、造成多人受伤。格拉齐亚斯枢机就此发表的声明全文如下:

The outrageous  and appalling  Delhi police lathi-charge and water cannon on our people including  Christian bishops, nuns, pastors and others who were leading a peaceful march of Dalit Christians and Muslims at Parliament street demanding schedule caste rights for Dalit Christians and Muslims" is highly condemnable.

As CBCI President, I appeal to the Hon. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for immediate implementation of Misra Commission Report  and end six decades of discrimination against Christian dalits. I appeal to the Hon. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to investigate into this brutal assault on our people.

Secondly, the shameful assault on by male policemen our women including women religious who were assaulted and beating Catholic sisters and other women with lathis, who were even manhandled by the male police.  This is disgraceful and deplorable behaviour, and reflective of the lack dignity and lack of respect given to our women in this country.  Our women religious are a consecrated to God and hence a double disgrace.  For our women- the daughters and mothers of India, to be manhandled and assaulted by male police is  a shameful blot  and assault on the status, rights and dignity of women in India.

However, as shepherd of the Church in India, we pray for peace and justice, in this holy season in preparation for the birth of babe Jesus, we forgive those who ordered the assault and on those who carried out the brutality.

May the Light of Christ enlighten the minds and hearts of those who ordered the assault and those who carried out the attack,  enlighten them with respect for people, respect for women in India

May Jesus, who came to establish His Kingdom of Justice and Truth, bring healing to our people who were assaulted, wounded in the police brutality,  our Christians  including   bishops, nuns, pastors, were selflessly asking to undo the injustice done to out Dalit Christians, 20 million Indian Dalit Christians whose right remain suppressed.

May Jesus, the Prince of Peace, Bless Our Country !!!

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