Navy accused of barring Christians from island chapel

Christians were not allowed to say prayers in the chapel at Anjediva island.

Posted on May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM

 

Anjediva fort

Anjediva fort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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New Delhi:

A Congress member of parliament on Wednesday accused the Indian navy of barring Christians from praying at a chapel on the Anjediva island off the Goa shore.

Shantaram Naik told the Rajya Sabha, the upper house in parliament, that the ‘attitude’ of the Indian Navy officials was not right and in violation of a written contract between the state government and the naval authorities.

He said there was strong resentment over the fact that Christians were not allowed to say prayers in the chapel at Anjediva island a few hundred meters off the coast.

Naik and another Congress MP Francisco Sardinha have already submitted memoranda to Defense Minister A.K. Antony asking him to permit the Christians to visit the island on religious occasions.

‘People are taken to the island on the (occasion of) Navy Day under security, but the navy is not willing to follow the same procedure in case of the visit by members of the Christian community,’ the memorandum said.

Christians form 26 percent of Goa’s population.

Map of the Isle of Anjediva Português: Carta p...

Map of the Isle of Anjediva Português: Carta portuguesa da ilha de Anjediva (1885). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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