Christian clergy Persecutes a talented Christian girl

via PRADEEP KUMAR published on August 15, 2007

Kottayam: The Christian hierarchy in Kerala could be best described as a perfect combination of money, muscle power and political influence. While the priests openly preach love, they seldom practice what they preach. 

The story of a young girl, Indulekha, a first year degree student of St. George’s College, Aruvithura in the Christian dominated Kottayam district of Kerala reveal the cruelty and brutality of the clergy. Unfortunately the secular parties and media, who are hand in glove with the powerful Christian Church, obviously under the influence of money power, deliberately ignored the inhuman treatment meted out to a 20-year-old girl.

Indulekha was dismissed from the college and its subsequent ratification by the Mahatma Gandhi University clearly reveals the sway of the Clergy. 

What was the crime of Indulekha?

She was victimized by the college principal (a Christian priest) for the work published by her father Prof. Joseph Varghese, criticizing the Catholic Church. In the book Prof Joseph makes a scathing attack on the Church and the clergy appealing all Christians not to donate a single pie to the Church. He says that the Church in Kerala had made the Education and Medical fields a big business. 

In his book ‘Nazrayanum Naranathubranthanum’ (‘Kerala Christians and Naranathubranthanum- a legendary maverick character, who sarcastically criticized social evils) Prof. Joesph reveals that Pope John Paul’s death was not an accident. Rather it was a pre-planned murder. Strongly condemning the clergy, he argued that the huge Swiss bank accounts Vatican holds should be distributed to the poor and needy. He also came down heavily on the organisers of Charismatic prayers and Miracle healing sessions as totally absurd. Vehemently attacking the Clergy, he argues that ordinary Christians should come out the iron grip of the Priests, who are destroying the very foundations of Christianity.

Taking revenge, the principal, himself a Christian priest and a member of the University Syndicate took revenge by dismissing Indulekha from the college on flimsy grounds.

 The college authorities, particularly the Principal was adamant that Indulekha, Vice Chairperson of the College Union should not be allowed to participate in any of the functions in the college. Indulekha a talented dancer and orator was denied permission to participate in any of the events, organised in the college obviously for not fault of her. 

While the National Accreditation Council was visiting the college, the Vice Chairperson was deliberately disallowed from meeting the team, despite the team’s request. Her pleas went to deaf ears and the clergy took a strong stand that her parents should apologise for insulting the church! In protest against the negative attitude of the college authorities, Indulekha, staged a satyagraha in the college against the humiliation and insult heaped on her by the college authorities

Initially, Indulekha lodged a written complaint with the Principal against the treatment meted out to her. In the guise of a discussion, the Principal, who is a priest, called Indulekha and her mother to his office and abused them in filthy languageUnable to cope with the mental torture Indulekha and her mother came out of the room with tears in their eyes. “ I had never imagined that a priest would behave in such a nasty manner”, says her mother Smt. Aloshya Joseph. 

The talented young girl’s future hangs in the balance thanks to the Christian Clergy’s adamant and stubborn attitude. She was neither allowed to write the examinations nor was allowed to continue her studies. The priests are deriving pleasure by persecuting a young talented girl.

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