Panchjanya magazine takes up widespread malpractice work by churches & priests
This week’s edition will hit the stands on October 17, has, in the cover story, dwelt on the complaints of sexual exploitation of children and nuns across the world, and demanded an investigation into this matter further in India also.
Citing the instance of France, the magazine said over 3 lakh children were exploited between 1950-2020 and around 3,000 priests are named as accused.
Panchjanya mentioned that an independent inquiry committee set up in 2018 came across those details during its probe.
It also termed Pope Francis‘ apology in 2019 over these complaints and incidents a “formality under pressure”, noting that despite it, episodes of similar nature have not seen any downward trend.
It also cited complaints and incidents of sexual exploitation reported from various parts of India, underlining that the people of the country have been seeking probes against the churches and priests.
Claiming that such incidents are on the rise in India too, it referred to several incidents in Jharkhand and Kerala, besides the rape of a woman in Missionary College, Chennai, and of a nun from Kerala.
Panchjanya held the style of functioning of the church responsible for the worldwide decline in the number of nuns.
It said that in Kerala, the number of nuns has reduced to only 25 percent, and therefore, the church is taking into its fold, girls from poor families in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Odisha “under the guise of deceit, coercion, and allurement”.
Earlier, in its October 10 edition’s cover story, the magazine had slammed the Congress and its former President Rahul Gandhi, saying the country’s oldest political party is passing through its “worst-ever phase”.
The Panchjanya had been in the news for its previous issues attacking Infosys and its leader N R Narayana Murthy over the glitches in the income tax portal, and then Amazon and its chief, Jeff Bezos, calling the global e-commerce giant “East India Company 2.0”.
i>[With Inputs from IANS]
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