RAPE OF NUN TRIGGERS SPARK ACROSS CHHATTISGARH
The gang-rape incident of nun in Raipur of Chhattisgarh has triggered sparks across the state of Chhattisgarh. Police is yet to arrest anyone involved in the incident. Today, the Raipur protest today went on peacefully. The protest began from St. Joseph Cathedral and was stopped by police at Kalimandir Chowk just before the Raj Bhawan. More than 3000 people from different walks of life took part in it.
The protest was lead by the Vicar General Fr. Sebastian Poomattam and other church leaders. Several organisation joined the protest. Women organisation leaders condemned the incident and raised voice against the state and anti-social elements to whom the police and administration are providing protection. Leaders like Indu Netam, Durga Jha, Neena Yasmin and others were critical of the governments intention. They challenged the attack on nun as a conspiracy to spread fear and terror among the minorities and other oppressed social groups. On one end the government talks about control over ones body through yoga and other meditations and on the other hundreds of incidences of stack on minorities, Dalits and Adivasis, particulars the women go unnoticed and unreported.
One of the nuns raised a question of safety and security of Christian institutions in rural areas where their lives are under severe threat.
Representatives of Chhattisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch, Mahila Congress, CPI, CPI (M), Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, CPI (ML) Red Star, Dalit Mukti Morcha, Adivasi Samata Manch, Nagrik Samata Manch, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh Bachao Manch, PUCL, Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, Alliance Defending Rights, and other human rights and civil liberties groups.
Guruvinder Singh Chadda and Vijay Runda coordinate the proceedings. The protest was joined by the District City President of Congress Party, Vikas Upadhayay, former MLA Balbir Singh Juneja.
A delegation of Chadda, Fr. Sebastian and three others met with the secretary of the governor at Raj Bhawan. The governor who is not in Raipur, would come back and look at the memorandum received by his secretary. During the protest, the secretary of the Chief Minister came to receive a memorandum addressed by the state chief. The additional SP who was present answered to the quires of the people in the protest.
The administration came up with promises of quick action and investigation, but as of now, no concrete action could be seen. This is not the first incident where Christian community and institution are under attack. Hundreds of incidences over the past few years indicated the sense of hatred against Christians and other minority groups across the state by organisations and outfits affiliated with RSS and BJP.
Solidarity prayer and protests also happened in Bilaspur, Jashpur and Raigarh. The Vicar General announced that the administration has been given 72 hours for action and if they fail to take any concrete action, then the movement would spread to all across the state and other parts of India.
Information of other organisations plan to hold protests in Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgoan and Ambikapur tomorrow has arrived. A joint press conference would be addressed on Tuesday by Human Rights and Women’s Organisations on Tuesday.