New Delhi, Aug 5 : The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is protesting against the proposal put forward by the National Commission For Women (NCW) to prohibit churches from practicing the ritual of confession.
The debate over Prohibition of Practicing Sacrament of Holy Confession started after a man in his complaint to the church alleged that his wife was sexually exploited by the five priests after they allegedly blackmailed her based on her secret confessions.
In another incident, a nun, in a complaint to the Kottayam district police chief last month, alleged that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal raped her and had unnatural sex with her multiple times at a small town near Kottayam between 2014 and 2016.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has also requested the Narendra Modi government to reject the said proposal of National Commission for Women, saying, “This is against spirit of ancient Indian culture which respects different faiths with tolerance.”
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church said, “We protest proposal of National Commission for Women to prohibit churches from practicing Sacrament of Holy Confession.”
The National Commission of Women (NCW) has recommended abolishing the practice of “confessions” in churches as it can lead to blackmailing of women after a rape case against four priests of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church who have been accused of sexually exploiting a married woman belonging to their church.
Protest Over Prohibition of Practicing Sacrament of Holy Confession
We protest proposal of National Commission for Women to prohibit churches from practicing Sacrament of
Holy Confession. This is against spirit of ancient Indian
culture which respects different faiths with tolerance.Request Centre to reject this: Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church pic.twitter.com/iyRzDHlJHt
— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2018
A central agency also needs to do a proper investigation into the increasing incidents of rape and sexual assaults in churches of Kerala, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said.
The National Commission of Women has constituted an inquiry committee to look into alleged sexual assaults against women in churches, and has sent its findings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and the DGP of Kerala and Punjab.