The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council in India urged the government to deal firmly with extremist groups that spread hatred in the southern Indian state.
“There are several warnings about the presence of certain extremist organizations in Kerala society and the need to be vigilant about their activities,” read the bishops’ statement released on Monday, May 23.
“It is clear from some recent events that such concerns are well-founded,” it added.
The bishops noted that people were surprised over slogans raised by a child at a public function of an organization that is often accused of terrorist activities.
Hundreds repeated the slogans that called for killing those opposed to the organization.
“The government is reluctant to take appropriate action, even on the most serious of issues, and is working hard to imprison a person accused of speaking out against such acts of terrorism,” read the bishops’ statement.
They warned that such attitudes that please religious and communal organizations “are extremely detrimental to national security and the future of the state.”
“The government must be prepared to treat everyone equally before the law, and to investigate and take action on more serious crimes with due importance,” added the prelates.
“It is a mystery that the government is not ready to intervene in such a situation,” said the bishops.
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