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The Bombay Catholic Sabha
C/o St Michaelís Annexe ,Mahim, Mumbai Ė400 016
Tel: 446 3853 / 444 6632 E-mail: [email protected]

Editors
Communalism Combat

Dear Madam / Sir,

PRESS STATEMENT

Apropos the news item entitled 'No 'carrot' conversions in Maharashtra' by Shri Manoj Nair which appeared in the Sunday Mid-Day of April 6.

We are happy to know that the Maharashtra State Home Minister Shri Rajendra Darda nailed the propaganda lies of the BJP on the conversions issue in the State Assembly on April 5. ' We did not find a single case of coversion by force or by offering money in the last few years' was his comments. We appreciate the pro-activeness of the Maharashtra Government in ordering an enquiry by the Home Ministry and exposing the falsehood preached by the BJP day in and day out.

We are also equally surprised with the speed in which action was taken against the authorities of Fr. Agnel Junior College in Vashi who were accused by the Bajrang Dal activists of hurting the Hindu sentiments by a mere question in one of its examination papers. On the other hand we ask the State Government authorities what they have done when the Togadias and Singhals while on their visits to Mumbai /Maharashtra spewed venom on the minorities? It appears that only the weak and the oppressed come under the purview of their action.

On the issue of the incident on the Carmel of St Joseph School, Malad we need to know what action was effectively taken both on ACP M Kurne and Smt Parul Mehta the local BJP Councillor.

ACP Kurne's barging into the School and his uncouth behaviour against the School Principal and the Teachers who were all women seems to have gone unpunished. He continues in his present posting and we doubt if he was reprimanded by the authorities for his misdemeanours. And for the Municipal Councillor who spoke expletives and aroused communal feelings by her false allegation of conversions against the School besides leading a morcha on the school while it was in session and disturbing the law and order has also gone scotfree. Are they above the law?

We need answers to this Home Minister? We look upon you to take up the iniatitive to punish the guilty in case of the School incident in Malad.

You are kindly requested to give due publicity to this PRESS STATEMENT in your esteemed newspaper.

Thanks for your support.

Best regards,

Dolphy Dísouza
Spokesman - The Bombay Catholic,
National Secretary for Social Justice and Human Rights,
All India Catholic Union

Tel: 0-2372 3688 / 2372 2008
Res: 2808 5468 / 2862 6525
Cell: 989201 6671

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