Kerala: Bishop accuses Hindu outfit of love jihad by abducting Catholic girls from Christian faith

Idukki diocese Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikkattil said the Catholic believers should oppose the inter-caste marriage, although the government is promoting it.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: June 14, 2015 2:04 am
Catholic Bishop, SNDP Yogam, Love jihad, Kerala Bishop, SNDP Catholic girls, Ezhava community, Nation news, India  news Addressing a meeting of a diocese organisation, Idukki Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikkattil said, “Our girls are being abducted by love jihad… secret aims of the SNDP Yogam.”

A Catholic bishop in Kerala on Saturday said Christian girls were being “abducted by love jihad” which, he claimed, was being carried out by Hindu outfit Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam.

Addressing a meeting of a diocese organisation, Idukki Bishop Mathew Anikuzhikkattil said, “Inter-caste marriages would destroy Christian essence and style. Our girls are being abducted by love jihad… secret aims of the SNDP Yogam. We should be vigilant against this.”

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He claimed that incidents of Christian girls falling into the “trap” of inter-caste love and subsequently abandoning their families were on the rise.

“When a girl who lived with her parents till the age of 18, who studied at Sunday school about Christian faith till 12th class, who had grown up in our faith and tradition, walks away with a Muslim or an auto driver or an SNDP man, that shows the deficiency in our faith and teachings,” said the Bishop, who is the chairman of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council for Family Commission.

He said the girls who go for inter-caste marriages were abandoning the Christian faith. He added that though the government was in favour of inter-caste marriage, those who are faithful to Christianity should oppose it.

Last week, the Catholic Church in Kerala had launched a matrimonial website in a bid to prevent inter-caste marriages. While launching the website, http://www.syromalabarmatrimony.org, Bishop Jose Porunnedam, who is in-charge of the internet mission, said the trend of Catholic men and women finding life partners from other communities is on the rise. The website is meant to curb the practice.

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    observer
    Jun 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm
    A good pastor always cares for his flocks....and the bishop has done only that....earlier when the sndp and nss complained about love jihad the media took it very seriously.....and nobody complained...now whn a christian bishop makes the same claim with an added culprit why tso much ado...hypocrites
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    Avarachan
    Jun 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
    The bishop should he careful in choosing his words. An eighteen year old girl is capable of making her own decision. It depends on one's conviction. If the Church and the Christian educational insutions and the family members of the girl have not succeeded in convincing the girl of her religious values, why bring in the words like " abduction " and " trapping " and "love jihad".
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    Amal
    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:11 am
    Day by day more and more men and women are being liberated, but communal forces are dragging us backwards.
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    Amal
    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:22 am
    These bishops have problem only when a Christian girl marries a Hindu or a Muslim boy. This problem becomes a delight to them if the boy embraces Christianity. In fact they will embrace intercaste marriages if conversions go by their faith.
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    Aryan
    Jun 16, 2015 at 6:20 am
    Bishop is #@$%%^.
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    Joseph
    Jun 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm
    Fast changing social realities cannot be ignored. No religion or organisation is responsible for such changes.
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    J. John
    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:59 pm
    Kudos to the girls who have shown courage to marry outside their religion. Church should protect those girls rather than wailing about Love Jihad. Bishop shouldn't have called SNDP a religious or communal organisation. It comes from Bishop's narrow mindedness and non-acceptance of Kerala's history.
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    Joseph m.j.
    Jun 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm
    Inter caste/religious marriages will increase as time pes due to social ,economical and intellectual upheavals taking place in society. Orthodox,conservative and communal forces will try to prevent it for furthering their own goals but to no avail.
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