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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

MP: Christian Attacks on Hindu Temples are "unbearable"

Fiji Times Online
2005-03-29 Published by Hindu Herald
(Tuesday, March 29, 2005)

Member of Parliament Pratap Chand yesterday warned the tolerance of the Hindu faithful was being stretched too far and could cause disunity between Fiji's two major races.

Mr Chand was reacting to the break-in at a temple at Narere, Nasinu, last weekend where thieves climbed through a window and ransacked the temple.

He said the increase in the number of Hindu temple break-ins around the country showed the lack of respect for other religions in the country. "These ongoing attacks on Hindu temple are getting unbearable. What makes it worse is that the recent break-in occurred on Easter and just after the sevens victory celebrations which brought everyone together," he said.

"The Hindus tolerance level has been stretched too far and could break one day if temple break-ins continue to happen.

"This could divide the two major races even further," he said.

Mr Chand called on Christian leaders to preach respect in their respective churches so that people would stop attacking Hindu temples.

The Methodist Church of Fiji said people breaking into and destroying places of worship were sick.

Church president Reverend Jione Langi said as church president he condemned such acts.

"It is a sick society. People should respect each other's religions and places of worship. We don't condone such acts and are totally against it," he said.

"I have said it before and I am saying it again that the people doing such things are showing their state of mind. Such acts are deplorable and we don't go along with it."

Mr Langi urged those involved in such acts to stop, saying that breaking into and destroying places of worship was not a right thing.

Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam president Dor Sami Naidu said the organisation was concerned because it appeared places of worship were being targeted by certain people.

"It seems to be a pattern nationwide to target temples and other places of worship of non-Christians," he said.

"We believe that it's time the police does something about it rather than taking reports only.

"We are all taxpayers and we pay the police, who should provide security to the people and investigate such cases. "I urge the authorities to take action against those responsible for breaking into and desecrating places of worship," he said.

Just last week, Vice President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi praised the Hindu community for not retaliating to such attacks.


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