LRO Writes email to CBCI President Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, to request comment on Pynursla Gang Rape in Khasi Hills of Meghalaya by culprits close to Catholic Church
From: Legal Rights Observatory
Date: 25 September 2017 at 10:40
Subject: CBCI, Please Speak Something About Pynursla Gangrape in Meghalaya
To: Baselios Cleemis
Cardinal Cleemis Catholics,
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (C.B.C.I.)
We have came across news reports that CBCI condemned murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh few weeks ago. We appreciate CBCI's concerns regarding free speech and we equally appreciate swiftness with which Catholic Bishop body expressed itself after Lankesh murder. But what baffled Legal Rights Observatory is the stoic silence by CBCI in gang-rape of a girl at Pynursla in Khasi Hills of Meghalaya by culprits very close to Catholic Church.
Also the professionalism which Catholic Church shown in stalling Police action and arrest of culprits is really matter of concern for Meghalaya's Civil Society Groups and Women Rights Bodies in North East India.
If responsible religious body like CBCI, with Pan-Indian presence behaves in such a biased manner while dealing with issues pertaining to atrocities on womanhood, then credibility of CBCI as dedicated religious body will receive irreparable jolt.
So, as a legal rights group, Legal Rights Observatory- LRO requests CBCI to come out openly, condemn gang rape on girl in Pynursla and order you local officer bearers not to indulge and pressurize law enforcement agencies in this heinous act.
The swift action by CBCI in this matter can still salvage its image and can re-establish its credibility as upright, professional and moral religious authority.
Legla Rights Observatory- LRO