Minority appeasement in Tamil Nadu (TN) has been taken to the next level by police officials in Kanyakumari district which has a Christian population of 46.85% as per the 2011 census. Organiser reports about the incident which took place at the two centuries old Issaki Amman Temple in Agatheeswaram Taluka’s Puliyur village where the statue of Bharat Mata was covered up by police officials after Christians in the vicinity took offense and filed a complaint that their religious sentiments were hurt.
The temple is on a private land and the family which owns the place had recently installed the statue of Bharat Mata draped in a tri-colour. They along with other villagers had been worshipping Bharat Mata since then. Missionaries instigated Christians in the area to oppose this and hence the Christian populace approached the police stating that the statue offended their religious sentiments. Swiftly swinging into action Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bhaskaran issued an order to his officers to cover the statue. The Senior Inspector (SI) even threatened to take action if the statue wasn’t removed immediately. The statue was covered on 21st May and oral instructions were issued by the DSP to discontinue worship of Bharat Mata.
A section opposes the installation of "Bharat Mata" statue inside a private Hindu Temple premises, near Kanyakumari, TN.
Bharat Mata statue covered with a cloth after a police complaint!
In what way the presence of Bharat Mata affects the section that complained? pic.twitter.com/qFpTqVbUcw
— Ethirajan Srinivasan (@Ethirajans) May 23, 2020
On learning of this incident BJP, RSS and Hindu Munnani leaders reached the temple on 22nd May, uncovered the statue and worshipped Bharat Mata after garlanding Her. Hindu Munnani district leader Misa Soman pointed out that the action taken by police authorities merely at the behest of a Christian group without any enquiry is uncalled for. He also stated that they divided themselves into groups and protested at more than 13 places in the district. What is even more bizarre is that the police arrested () the protestors and as per reports around 37 leaders of Hindu groups were arrested and later let off on bail. The statue was covered up once again and remains covered despite protests.
In the meanwhile, the temple owner T Muthukumar has written to the District Collector informing him that the temple was on their private land which neither affected public law and order nor created communal clashes. He provided all the necessary proofs to back his claims.
Tamil Nadu has become a hotbed for both Christian Evangelism and Islamic Jihadi activities. The police officers have co-opted and acted as agents of the church rather than responsible civil servants who have taken oath in the name of the Constitution in which they swear to perform their duties ‘impartially’. Hindu Munnani leaders have expressed anguish at the way Hindu voices are being stifled in the state.
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