ASIA NEWS REPORT;
by Nirmala Carvalho
police can not identify those responsible, despite the footage of security
cameras. Brahmin Hindu convert to Catholicism: "The local community is left to
itself, the church authorities must act." Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar: "The
situation is tense, but the Church in India strongly supports
Srinagar (AsiaNews) - Nothing new in the case of the fire that threatened to
destroy the Holy Family Church in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), throwing the
Catholic community in fear. More than a week after the accident, the police have
not yet identified the perpetrators, despite the parish priest Fr. Mathew Thomas
supplying them with video from surveillance cameras. "The pictures - he explains
to AsiaNews - are not clear, but the police have the opportunity to
improve their quality." According Predhuman Joseph Dhar, a Kashmiri Brahmin
Hindu (Pandits) converted to Catholicism, the apparent little attention paid to
the case by the authorities is an indication of the condition of "abandonment"
of the Christian community by the state.
According to Dhar, the episode
"should push the Church in India to open its eyes to the situation in which the
Christian community lives here." Jammu and Kashmir, the only state with a Muslim
majority and its own constitution, does not recognize the ecclesiastical
authorities as governmental entities. "This - says the Catholic to AsiaNews
- has led the Church to believe that having three schools was sufficient as
a 'mission'". But to educate and raise a community, he adds, "more is needed. It
means encouraging and supporting the local population in particular, not only
those coming from other parts of the country to work in their
For Dhar, the risk is that Christians become victims of ethnic
cleansing by Islamic fundamentalists just like the pandits in the early '90s. In
1990, he had to leave his job (head of government education), and Kashmir, and
moved into Jammu. "I did not received any help, and indeed, my forced exile was
minimized by many. Now, even in Jammu Catholics feel less secure; in Kashmir,
they have been reduced to zero. The same in Ladakh."
Peter Celestine, Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar is less negative. "The situation is
tense - he admits to AsiaNews - this is true. Catholics here are a
minority and are afraid of more attacks, they worry, and feel hurt by this
attack on the heart of the community. However, the Church in India strongly
supports us, and is with us in finding the culprits. "
source: asia news.it
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