» 10/08/2014, 00.00
Madhya Pradesh, the government cancels a Christian gathering for disturbing the peace
Decision comes after pressure from Hindu radicals, to protest marriage between a Christian boy and a Hindu girl. Although the couple was tracked down and separated, the event still canceled.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "A travesty of justice that affects the Christian minority,
under pressure from Hindu nationalists and
with the tacit agreement of the administration". This is how Sajan
George, president of the Global
Council of Indian Christians (GCIC),
reacts to the recent position taken by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in banning a Christian gathering for
"disturbing the peace". In fact, behind
this choice there
are several radical Hindu organizations, who are protesting the marriage of a Christian
boy with a Hindu girl.
Organized by the All India Christian United Front (Aiuf)
and Moksha Foundation (Mf),
the "Massihi Atmik Jagruti
Sabha" was supposed to start on October 1st,
in an agricultural field two kilometers from Jorbat (Alirajpur district), the
couple's home town. On September 30, however, the authorities canceled the rally, after several nationalist groups threatened to start an " indefinite protest" until the two
were found and
the girl "returned" to
Joseph Pawar and Ayushi
Wani were arrested in Gujarat - where they had gone to get married - on 1st October and
brought back to Jorbat. The police declared
the marriage "invalid".
However, Ayushi refused
to return to her parents and was brought to the Nari Niketan Trust, an association that welcomes and supports women
who are widowed, divorced and
Although the groups were able to separate the two young people, the authorities did not allow
the rally to take place as scheduled.
"Christians - Sajan George told AsiaNews - are
not only law-abiding citizens, but
also peace-loving and engaged in mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence". According to the president of the GCIC,
with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP Hindu
nationalist) in power " justice is denied to the Christian community".
The BJP is in power in the central government of India and those of several states, including Madhya Pradesh.
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