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‘Conflict’ to ban Christian activities in Mnp village
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 5:
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Published on 6 Nov. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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“Beware, to change one’s indigenous religion is not only foolish but suicide,” were among various words of caution written in the signboards displayed at a Kabui village in Imphal. These signboards were allegedly put up by some villagers who opposed the idea of constructing a Church by the Kabui Christian converts.
“Religion and culture are inseparable. They are the two sides of the same coin. Beware of those who blindly worship the materialistic culture of the west and think that it is religion. Loss of religion is loss of culture; loss of culture is loss of identity. One identity is lost, is life worth living?” these were the signboards that stood at the site of the proposed Church.
Meanwhile, it maybe mentioned that a case was registered on Wednesday at Lamphel police station under section 295-A/298/120-B of IPC. According to sections-- 295-A/298/120-B of IPC, states that an offence under this section is punishable with death or imprisonment for life.
However, Police alleged that villagers erected the signboards under the supervision of Chingmeirong village authority and its headman.
Reports also said there were signboards put up in the village saying: Christian activity like prayers, worship, singing.. etc is not allowed within Chingmeiroang Kabui village, under Dag no. 173 and any person violating this order will be punished under rules and regulations of the village authority.
“We are doing it only to protect our religion inherited from our forefathers. We have no objection when one go out of it and follow other religions. But we can’t tolerate when they disturb our environment by over exhibiting their activities. It disturbs our mind,” a Kabui elder, who preferred not to be named, said.
Reiterating that they had no objection of people in the village following any religion, he said they can go to Church anywhere and worship. But their excess activities in the village could not be agreed, he added.
Expressing strong resentment, many Christian bodies took up the matter with the National Minority Commission (NMC). However, even after the NMC intervened asking the state police to take appropriate action, no adequate action has been taken so far.

 
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