Days after a distinguished Catholic bishop claimed the existence of an “organised narcotic jihad” focusing on younger non-Muslims, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan careworn that the issue of narcotics doesn’t have “non secular hues”.
Responding to a query on the difficulty at a press convention in Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayan mentioned, “I believe it’s the first time we’re listening to of a time period referred to as narcotic jihad. The issue of narcotics doesn’t have an effect on a specific faith. It impacts all of society and as that, we now have deep considerations about it and we’re making all efforts to cease its unfold. Authorized means are being strengthened.”
“Narcotics doesn’t have non secular hues. If it has any, it’s of anti-social exercise. No faith encourages (the use and sale of) medicine. That’s the place we must always take.”
The Chief Minister was responding to latest remarks by Syro-Malabar Church Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt throughout the latter’s handle to laity on the event of the eighth day of Lent of Mary at a church in Kuravilangad. Kallarangatt presides over the Palai diocese which has the biggest focus of Syro-Malabar Catholics within the state.
CM Vijayan mentioned, “The context of the remarks of the Palai Bishop isn’t clear. However folks in accountable positions, whereas dealing with such issues, should guarantee there aren’t any non secular schisms in society.”
Bishop Kallarangatt had claimed that younger women and men of the Christian neighborhood and different non-Muslim faiths have been being focused by way of means similar to ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’.
“In a democratic nation like ours, because it’s not straightforward to make use of weapons to destroy folks of different faiths, jihadis are utilizing means which aren’t simply identifiable. Within the view of jihadis, non-Muslims are to be destroyed. When the target is enlargement of their faith and destruction of non-Muslims, the means they use are of various kinds. Two of such widely-discussed means at this time are love jihad and narcotics jihad,” he had alleged.
“For goals similar to exploitation, pressured non secular conversion, making monetary beneficial properties and using in terrorist actions, jihadis are trapping girls of different faiths by way of love or different means. As quickly as girls flip 18, they’re being trapped by way of love, forcibly taken away with out the consent of their mother and father and members of the family. They’re usually deserted after a couple of years of marriage. Such incidents are rising. Fathima, who obtained transformed and went to Afghanistan, was a Hindu girl named Nimisha. Sonia Sebastian, a Christian, equally turned Ayesha. These are only a few examples. How are Hindu and Christian girls like them ending up in terrorist camps is a critical topic to be studied,” he had mentioned.
The Bishop’s remarks have been condemned by Chief of Opposition VD Satheesan as “crossing the road”.
“I humbly request all neighborhood and spiritual heads to not make any remarks or strikes that might destroy the prevailing ambiance of concord and mutual belief between folks in Kerala,” he mentioned.
“Spiritual heads should present self-restraint. Undesirable show of opinions will solely widen variations in society. We should face challenges collectively. For that, the religious management should present gentle, not unfold darkness. Such controversies should finish right here.”