Christians condemns Sadhvi Deva Thakur for controversy remarks
"The population of Muslims and Christians is growing day by day. To rein in this, Centre will have to impose emergency and Muslims and Christians will have to be forced to undergo sterilisation so that they cannot increase their number", says Vice President of "All India Hindu Mahasabha", Sadhvi Deva Thakur. She exhorted "Hindus to have more children and increase their population". She continued, "Idols of Hindu gods and goddesses should be placed in mosques and churches".
The above such statements have raised strong controversy in India, especially among religious minorities as well as political parties. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) condemned the talk nonsense, daughters of Hindutva ideology, against minority communities in India. "The Hindu leader Deva Sadhvi Thakur should be arrested for sedition and xenophobia", said Sajan George, President of GCIC. He continued, "The statements are an insult to secular India and also to religious freedom in the nation. These attacks on minorities are anti-constitutional and we ask the Prime Minister of India to intervene and ensure the safety of all citizens and all the communities that make up the Indian society".
The Meghalaya Pradesh Youth Congress (MPYC) on Sunday has condemned the words of the leader and stated that Sadhvi’s statement has caused a huge furore in all of the North Eastern states for hinting at sterilization of people of other religions and asking for Hindus to have more children. “We strongly condemn the communal statements of Sadhvi Deva Thakur. Article 25 of the Constitution of India states ‘Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion’. Her statements go against the very tenets of this Constitution”, said MPYC president, Richard Marak.
“India is a nation that prides itself in its secularism with the theme ‘unity in diversity’. The irresponsible statements by such so called leaders, only serve to tear down the sense of brotherhood that has been the bond among the citizens of the country hailing from all religions”, added Marak. Asking the central government to rein in religious fundamentalists before things get out of hand, Marak stated, “We demand that the government take this matter seriously and nips the rise of the fundamentalist religious fanatics in the bud before it engulfs the entire nation in chaos”.
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi has questioned the silence of the BJP-led Government at the Centre over their utterances. Sadhvi Deva Thakur also came under sharp criticism for advocating forced sterilizations for Muslims and Christians, who she claimed were posing a threat to Hindus in the country.
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