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Case registered over Jesus picture
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 19
Published on 20 Feb. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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The Meghalaya government has taken legal action against the New Delhi-based publisher for depicting Jesus Christ holding a beer can and a cigarette in a school book. “We have already registered cases against the publisher and the district authorities are on the job,” State Education Minister M Ampareen Lyngdoh said. The objectionable pictures were printed by Skyline Publication in the cursive writing exercise book meant for students of class 1. “We have confiscated a large number of these exercise books and the education department officials are visiting other schools in the city to confiscate these books,” she said. The State police have registered a case under Section 295/A of the IPC. In the meanwhile, the Roman Catholic church and several groups have strongly condemned the objectionable depiction of Jesus Christ. “We are deeply shocked and hurt at the objectionable portrayal of Jesus Christ in the school book. We condemn the total lack of respect for religions by the publisher,” Archbishop of Shillong diocese, Dominic Jala said. The diocese has referred the matter to its Bishop Conference in New Delhi and its educational and cultural wing would further pursue it. Meanwhile, the Skyline Publication, tendered apology for “hurting people’s religious sentiments”. Action had already been initiated to retrieve the erroneous book from all the places where it had been sent, a statement issued by the publication said.

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