25 November, 2020

Retaliation Is The Religion

Hindu activists attack a Catholic group on the plea that missionaries are resorting to conversions

Retaliation Is The Religion

NORMALCY had long been restored to the earthquake-afflicted villages of Latur district till last month when Nandurg, a 600-family strong village in Ausa taluka, experienced tremors of a different kind. On February 14, a mob comprising more than 40 youngsters stormed the CHAI (Catholic Hospitals Association of India) camp just off the village. Employing conversions as a pretext, the attackers swooped on the resident social workers and the Catholic missionaries and subjected them to a religion of retaliation.

In the fracas that ensued that late Valentine's Day evening, there was no love lost and no blow spared to drive home the point: that nibbling into the Hindu fold would not be tolerated. The telephone connections were cut off and Father Jeevendra Jadhav, camp in-charge, was manhandled.

"The attack took us completely by surprise," says a stunned Sister Marlene Parakkadan, resident lawyer and one among the injured. "We had no idea that we were going to be attacked nor knew what had caused it. It was only...



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