Cover crime against marginalized too: Jesuit activist

Father Cedric Prakash urged all to “come together to ensure an immediate halt to this violence so that all our women may feel safe and secure in any and every section of our society.”

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Aug 27 2013, 5:49 PM
Cover crime against marginalized too: Jesuit activist

Jesuit rights activist Father Cedric Prakash has called for an end to discrimination against marginalised while imparting justice.

Condemning the recent gang rape of a photo journalist in Mumbai he said, “When it comes to the poor, marginalized, Dalits, Adivasis and women belonging to minorities, there is almost no protest from civil society or even media coverage.”

"We continue to hear about these terrible crimes every day. The perpetrators often go unpunished as they enjoy protection from some sectors of the society. A crime against any woman is a crime against humanity," said Father Prakash in a brief statement released on Sunday. He is the Director of Prashant, the Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Ahmedabad of Gujarat state.

He urged all to “come together to ensure an immediate halt to this violence so that all our women may feel safe and secure in any and every section of our society.”

“All those responsible for this heinous and totally unacceptable deed must be brought to book immediately and be given exemplary punishment. The government, the police and other concerned authorities must ensure this. Crimes against women continue to increase with impunity all over the country whether it be domestic violence or those committed by outsiders,” said the Jesuit priest raising the alarm of the Church for the scourge of violence against women in Indian society.

Father Prakash said that violence often affects minorities and weak sectors of society, "Five years ago, tribal Christian women were brutalized in every way possible in Kandhamal in Orissa. One cannot even forget the Muslim women subjected to unthinkable violence during the Gujarat carnage in 2002. Some time ago, some Dalit students in Gujarat were subject to constant sexual violence by their teachers. A student at the University of Manipal in Karnataka was raped a few months ago by the members of a group of Hindu extremists and nationalists.”

Source: Radio Vatican & Agenzia Fides

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