Saturday, January 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Church shows disrespect to two Dalit youth

Church shows disrespect to two Dalit youth

Agencies Posted online: Fri Jan 21 2011, 17:46 hrs
Thrissur : The Joint Christian Council (JCC) urged authorities to take
action against the vicar of the Maramon Saint Joseph's Catholic church
and the bishop of Vijayapuram diocese, for showing 'disrespect' to the
bodies of two dalit youths.
The council is a confederation of 12 Christian organisations in Kearla.

Its General Secretary, Joy Paul Pudussery, said in a statement here
that the dalit Catholic youth, M M Rajan had died on Jan 10 and his
relatives were 'compelled' to keep the body for 10 days at the
mortuary as the church authorities did not show readiness to bury the
body in the Church's cemetery by performing religious rites.

The church had refused to perform the last rites as he did not attend
sunday mass and had not receivied Holy communion, he said.

Pudussery demanded compensation for the mental stress by the
deceased's kin following disrespect shown to the body, from the
Church. Showing disrespect to the body was a a criminal offence, he

He also demanded a probe into the reason for burying the body of one
Biju from nearby Kaacheri under the Catholic Archdiocese here, at the
Lalur public crematorum in July last year. Biju had died on July 11,
last at nearby Kaacheri and the vicar of the Catholic Church allegedly
refused to permit a church burial as his name did not figure in the
family card.

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