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The sojourn of Thailand and Indonesian clergy to Tamil Nadu mosques and the Corona virus or COVID-19 implications [1]

March 27, 2020

The sojourn of Thailand and Indonesian clergy to Tamil Nadu mosques and the Corona virus or COVID-19 implications [1]

GOI order to ban seminar, conference etc March 2020

The Islamic congregations that went on in Tamil Nadu with Thailand and Indonesian clergy: The first death of COVID-19 or Corona virus-infected person on 25-03-2020 has raised many questions, because of the way, it has been / being reported through media even today. Now, it is a fact that Islamic preachers that have come to India from Thailand and Indonesia have been infected with COVID-19. They have entered India as “tourist” with “tourist visas.” As per the reports, it is known that the two groups landed at the New Delhi in the first week of February and March 2020 respectively. That they had gone to local “Dabliq centre” and then proceeded to their invited places is implied with their movements and few reports. From New Delhi, they reached Chennai either by flight or Train. From there, they had reached their invited places by train and as well as by private vehicle. That they had busy schedules of visiting many mosques, preaching and staying prove that their visits have been well-known and arranged. The GOI issued a circular No.PS/AMS/SJH/2020 dated 09-03-2020, warning that “In wake of COVID-19 outbreak going on in the country, all the functions including seminars, workshops, conferences are to be cancelled. This is for urgency and necessary compliance.” So, all the organizations, institutions and others who arrange such gatherings, where, more than 50 / 100 people assemble must have cancelled considering the prevailing conditions. But, it is evident that the visiting groups carried on their activities and their hosts or sponsors accommodated them at the mosques and provided all facilities to preach and propagate Islam.

Madurai other cases, Thailand contacts, IE, 26-03-2020-1

23-03-2020 tested positive and died on 25-03-2020: The 54-year-old man, who tested positive on March 23 and was undergoing treatment at Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, died[1]. At 2.02 a.m. on Wednesday, Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar took to Twitter to declare the death. “Despite our best efforts, the COVID-19 positive patient in Madurai Rajaji Hospital passed away a few minutes back. He had a medical history of prolonged illness with steroid-dependent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, uncontrolled diabetes with hypertension,” he said. He also said COVID-19 with comorbidity like uncontrollable diabetes and hypertension and immunosuppression are high risk-conditions and asked people with such conditions to be “extra cautious.” During a press meet on Tuesday night, 24-03-2020, the Minister clarified that though the patient did not have a travel history to an affected country, they had traced his contact history and found that he had come in contact with some Thailand nationals, who were on tour in the State[2].  After death, the patient was mentioned as “the COVID-19 positive patient.”

Madurai other cases, Thailand contacts, IE, 26-03-2020-2

Thailand Muslim preachers came to Tamil Nadu to propagate: According to media reports[3], Erode district administration has prohibited the public from using those streets and has warned of strict action against the shops which violate the Collector’s orders, perhaps from 24-03-2020. The streets which have been closed for the public are –

  1. New Masjid Street,
  2. Kongalamman Koil Street,
  3. East Kongalamman Koil Street,
  4. Sultanpet,
  5. West Kongalamman Koil Street,
  6. Kandasamy Street,
  7. Kandasamy Lane,
  8. Ottukara Chinnaiah Street and
  9. Hasan Street.

Erode Municipal Commissioner also told the Times of India that the nine streets will be fumigated and that no commercial establishments shall function in the nine streets until further orders[4]. A group of seven tourists from Thailand had reached Erode on March 12 and they had spent time in three mosques in the city. The media and the Govt. officials continue to mention them as “tourists” without revealing their identities. Later, one of them caught a fever and was admitted to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, where he later succumbed. His coronavirus tests had reportedly returned negative. Two other tourists from the same group were tested positive for COVID-19 recently and are being isolated and treated in IRT Medical college hospital, Perundurai, Erode district. A total of 136 people in Erode have been placed under home quarantine after the tourists tested positive and the district administration has also begun fixing identification stamps in front of the houses of those who have been quarantined. Tamil Nadu now has 12 cases of COVID-19, of which one patient was cured and discharged from the hospital. Of the 11 active cases, 10 patients had travelled to India from abroad and one patient has reported no travel history within India or abroad. As on Monday 23-03-2020, the government of Tamil Nadu has placed 12,519 people under home quarantine and has sent 552 samples for testing.

Madurai carona Muslim died, Vijayabhaskat tweet, 25-03-2020

The suspected COVID-19 Thailand preachers admitted in Perundurai IRT Hospital [16-03-2020]: The district health department officials have admitted five Thailand citizens to the government hospital in Perundurai after one of their teammates was found with Covid 19 symptoms at the Coimbatore airport on Sunday. According to an officer, the six had come down to Erode from Thailand on Saturday 11-03-2020 to participate in some religious meetings. “One of them suddenly fell sick and decided to return to Thailand. He booked a flight from Coimbatore airport, where he arrived on Sunday. Airport officials subjected him to a medical check-up and confirmed that he was having Covid-19 symptoms. Subsequently, he was quarantined in Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), but tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday 23-03-2020 evening,” said Dr S Soundammal, deputy director, health services, Erode district[5]. Based on the information that he was accompanied by five others, the health department officials in Erode went to Perundurai, where they were staying, and admitted them to the government hospital. “They are put in a special ward. Doctors have collected their blood samples and they will be treated based on the reports,” Soundammal said[6]. Meanwhile, their teammate died of renal failure at CMCH on Tuesday 17-03-2020.

Madurai victim, Thailand contacts, IE, 26-03-2020

What happened from the first week of March to 17-03-2020: The two Thailand nationals, who have tested positive and currently quarantined at the IRT Hospital in Perundurai in Erode district, are part of a group of tourists who arrived in Tamil Nadu in the first week of March[7]. One person, who tested negative for COVID-19, passed away on March 17 at a hospital in Coimbatore and the group is understood to have visited several places in Erode[8]. With two Thailand nationals testing positive for COVID-19, 130 families in two areas in the city, where the two nationals had stayed earlier, have been home quarantined, and others are not being allowed to enter the streets on 23-03-2020, Monday. A group of seven nationals had arrived in the city and had stayed at a masjid in Sultanpet and the masjid near Kalaimadu Street for over a week and were involved in preaching[9]. One person developed a fever and was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and tested negative for COVID-19[10]. However, he died later due to complications of diabetic nephropathy and septicaemia. The other six nationals were admitted to the isolation ward at Government IRT Perundurai Medical College and Hospital on March 16[11]. Two tested positive while three tested negative while the test result of one nation is yet to be received from the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, Guindy[12].

Two Muslim preachers isolated, TOI, 26-03-2020
The closure / sealing of two mosques infected / visited by the COVID-19 infected preachers: As the authorities and the media have been trying to suppress the identity of the people involved in the COVID-19 contamination, they have been limited in that aspect. However, when the question of disinfection activities comes, they have to close the mosques. This would become a serious issue. The Corporation has issued closure notices to the two masjids and has begun preventive measures in the two areas where the nationals had come in contact with people. Their cook, guide and a few others have been home quarantined. On Monday, nine streets in Sultanpet area and five streets in Kollampalayam areas were closed for public movement and the roads leading to the streets were blocked by policemen, as has already been mentioned above. Health officials carried out surveys in the areas to check people with fever or other symptoms, and residents were advised not to leave their homes. Corporation Commissioner M. Elangovan told The Hindu that disinfectants were sprayed in the streets and the wholesale provisional market and shops functioning in the area were also closed till further orders. He said that one health official was posted for each street to monitor the situation and people were asked to stay indoors. Deputy Director of Health Services S. Soundammal said that 10 persons who were in close contact with the Thailand nationals were quarantined while 130 families in two areas were home quarantined.

© Vedaprakash

27-03-2020

Erode Junction Railway station

[1] The Hindu, Coronavirus: Tamil Nadu records first death in Madurai, A glimpse of the special COVID-19 isolation ward at Government Rajaji Hospital, SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, CHENNAI , MARCH 25, 2020 09:35 IST; UPDATED: MARCH 25, 2020 09:40 IST.

[2] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/coronavirus-tamil-nadu-records-first-death-in-madurai/article31159538.ece

[3] TheNewsMinute, Nine streets visited by Thai coronavirus positive tourists shut in TN’s Erode, TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 – 09:51, TNM Staff

[4] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/nine-streets-visited-thai-coronavirus-positive-tourists-shut-tn-s-erode-120973

[5] Times of India, Five Thailand citizens admitted to hospital in Erode, TNN | Updated: Mar 18, 2020, 09:55 IST

[6] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/erode/5-thailand-citizens-admitted-to-hospital/articleshow/74681764.cms

[7] Deccan Chronicle, Tamil Nadu reports seventh COVID-19 patient, spike in home quarantine figure, ETB Sivapriyan, DHNS, Chennai, MAR 22 2020, 13:15 IST UPDATED: MAR 22 2020, 13:59 IST.

[8] https://www.deccanherald.com/national/south/tamil-nadu-reports-seventh-covid-19-patient-spike-in-home-quarantine-figure-816361.html

[9] The Hindu, COVID-19: 130 families home quarantined in Erode, S.P. SaravananERODE, MARCH 23, 2020 12:36 IST; UPDATED: MARCH 23, 2020 12:36 IST.

[10] https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Coimbatore/covid-19-130-families-home-quarantined-in-erode/article31141215.ece

[11] Indian Express, Six under observation at Erode med college hosp, Published: 18th March 2020 05:47 AM | Last Updated: 18th March 2020 05:47 AM

[12]  https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/18/six-under-observation-at-erode-med-college-hosp-2118041.html

Two Madras Christian College professors face sexual harassment: One dismissed and the other indicted by the Madras High Court!

August 17, 2019

Two Madras Christian College professors face sexual harassment: One dismissed and the other indicted by the Madras High Court!

MCC, Zoology dept-complaint letter
Co-educational Christian institutions were highly unsafe for the future of their children:  Observing that Christian missionaries face accusations of indulging in forcible religious conversions, the Madras High Court said, “there was a general feeling” among parents, especially of girl children, that co-educational Christian institutions were highly unsafe for the future of their children[1]. Dismissing a case filed by a Madras Christian College (MCC) faculty accused of sexually harassing some girls during a study tour to Karnataka in January, Justice S. Vaidyanathan said[2], most parents were of the view that though Christian institutions impart good education, “the preach of morality will be a million dollar question.” Under ultra-modern conditions, the judge has made such observation that[3], “co-educational Christian institutions were highly unsafe for the future of their children”. Definitely, such remarks would not have come from a judge, because of the prevailing situation and many pedophile cases and other sexual harassment cases have been coming to courts involving pastors, bishops and others all over India[4]. As many educational institutions are under their controlled, it is quite natural to apprehend about the future of their children studying at schools and grown-up students going to colleges[5]. Even for conversions also, only, now such complaints are made, as the Christian missionaries have been so desperate to cover up their crimes committed in many areas affecting the society. As it has been reported by PTI, other dailies and on-line media carried the news[6].

Raveen Rajasigh, Christian Collge, Madras

Raveen Rajasingh and Samuel Tennyson – the two indulged in the sexual harassment The alleged harassment occurred during an academic tour to Mysuru, Bengaluru and Coorg in January this year[7]. In fact, the girl-students asked them to be within the limits. The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of the college had found two professors of the college — R Raveen and Samuel Tennyson — guilty of sexually harassing students[8].  During the trip, several girl students complained that the professor in question made lewd remarks about their clothes, harassed them and behaved inappropriately[9]. They also alleged that throughout the trip, Tennyson had abetted Raveen’s behaviour by encouraging him[10]. Raveen even entered a room where girls were staying and slept on the bed. On returning to Chennai, the students complained to the Head of the Department who dismissed their complaints, calling it a ‘first time offence’ by the said teacher. Later, a petition signed by 30 odd students of the department protesting the college’s lack of initiative in addressing the issue caught the attention of the authorities. An ICC inquiry was held on the issue, and statements of the students who were subjected to harassment and the accused professors were recorded. On May 24, the ICC released the results of the inquiry which found both the professors guilty. R Raveen, who was an assistant professor in the Zoology department was dismissed after a detailed inquiry by the college Internal Complaints Committee into the incident.  His colleague Samuel Tennyson, another faculty from the department, too had been accused of abetting Raveen’s behaviour. However, the college is yet to dismiss Samuel due to a case filed by him on the issue in the Madras High Court. MCC’s principal Alexander Jesudasan confirmed the dismissal. “We have dismissed the professor after the ICC found him guilty of multiple cases of sexual harassment against students of the department. As for Samuel, the college cannot issue a dismissal order as there is a court case pending on the issue. However, the court has directed Samuel not to enter the campus premises,” the principal said.

MCC, Zoology dept-Samuel Tennyson

Samuel Tennyson tried to evade the proceedings by filing a petition in the High Court: Samuel Tennyson, an assistant professor in the Zoology department of the college, in a writ petition had sought to quash the fact finding report of the college’s Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) dated April 17, 2019. The report had stated that Tennyson had sexually harassed female students[11]. He also sought to quash the consequential second show cause notice dated May 24, 2019. Besides the probe, the college management had issued him a warning and barred him from paper-evaluation work and internal examinership for the end semester 2018-2019. He was also barred from accompanying students for tours for three years. Tennyson argued in the court that the ICC did  not given him certain documents and statements he had sought to defend himself. The college and the committee said that sufficient opportunity was given to him to defend[12]. Had Samuel not filed petition in the Court, these details would not have come in the media, so that the general public could understand the reality of the condition and discuss.

DC - 34 girls complained MCC
Judge could note the prima facie and took decision:  He made the remarks in the judgment after dealing with the writ petition on merits and refusing to interfere with a show-cause notice issued by the college management to the petitioner on the basis of the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) report that a prima facie case had been made out against him on a complaint lodged by 34 students. Naming one of the girl students who had deposed before the ICC and provided a vivid account of the events that unfolded during the study tour, the judge suggested that she be provided appropriate counselling. He blamed the college for having deputed only two female teachers and five male teachers to accompany the students during the tour. In other words, not only these two, perhaps, others had also knowingly aided and abetted the sexual crime. Nowadays, it is intriguing to note that women are engaged in degrading women. But, here, as all have been highly educated, this type of attitude is unimaginable.

34 girls complained MCC
As long as a religion is practised in streets in lieu of its worship places such devastation: After concluding his verdict, the judge said: “Before parting with the judgment, this court feels it appropriate to point out that Christian missionaries are always on the source of attack in one way or the other and in the present era, there are several accusations against them for indulging in compulsory conversion of people from other religions. “As long as a religion is practised in streets in lieu of its worship places such devastation, as in the present case, does (sic) occur and will be mushrooming.” The judge went on to state he does not want to probe further and find out whether the petitioner was really at fault or was he a victim of a false complaint. The judge pointed out the reality of the secularism practiced in India. When what has to be carried on within the precincts of “place of worship” is carried on the roads, it is quite natural that such acts violate acts and rules and affect others also. Praying and or preaching on the roads, cannot be done, as they violate secularism.

MCC, Zoology dept-Raveen

Women Acts and Rules should be amended suitably: Disposing the petition, Justice S Vaidyanathan, in the order on August 13, 2019 said that there is no justifiable ground to interfere with the fact finding report as well as the second show cause notice[13]. However, the judge, without going into “the question of who is at fault in the present case”, observed that the government should think of amendments to laws meant for women protection “to prevent its misuse so as to safeguard the interest of the innocent masculinity too[14]. A similar trend is already being observed in the case of anti-dowry law (498-A), which is being misused to such an extent that the Supreme Court has termed it legal terrorism,” The court also observed[15], “we have to ask a question for ourselves as to whether those laws are invoked by women with genuine reasons.” Stating that several women centric enactments had been misused to teach a lesson to men in strained relationships, the judge said[16], “This is the right time for to think of suitable amendments in those laws in order to safeguard the interest of the innocent,” and directed the High Court Registry to mark a copy of his judgment to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice.

© Vedaprakash

17-08-2019

Samuel Tennyson

[1] The Hindu, Sexual harassment case: HC refuses to interfere in show-cause notice to Madras Christian College staff, Legal Correspondent CHENNAI , AUGUST 17, 2019 01:05 IST. UPDATED: AUGUST 17, 2019 08:18 IST

[2]  https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/hc-refuses-to-interfere-in-show-cause-notice-to-mcc-staff-college-took-the-step-against-teacher-after-34-students-levelled-charges-of-harassment/article29114275.ece

[3] Times of India, Christian institutions ‘unsafe’ for girl students: Madras HC judge ,  Chennai News – Updated: Aug 17, 2019, 6:25 IST

[4] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/christian-institutions-unsafe-for-girl-students-hc-judge/articleshow/70708267.cms

[5] NDTV.News, Christian Co-Ed schools regarded ‘Highly unsafe’ for girl students: Madras HC judge ,  Chennai News – Updated: Aug 17, 2019, 6:25 IST.

[6] https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/general-feeling-that-christian-co-ed-schools-highly-unsafe-for-girls-future-court-2086209

[7] Bangalore Mirror, MCC sexual harassment case: Madras HC says there is a general feeling that Christian institutions are unsafe, Gladwin Emmanuel, Uploaded: August 16, 2019, 16:5 IST.

[8] https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/mcc-sexual-harassment-case-madras-hc-says-there-is-a-general-feeling-that-christian-institutions-are-unsafe/articleshow/70700615.cms

[9] TheNewsMinute, In a win for students, Madras Christian College dismisses prof found guilty of sexual harassment, Jayarajan, Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 18:39

[10] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/win-students-madras-christian-college-dismisses-prof-found-guilty-sexual-harassment-105563

[11] Goa Chronicle, MCC sexual harassment case: Madras HC says there is a general feeling that Christian institutions are unsafe,  Uploaded: August 17, 2019, 14:05 IST.

[12] https://goachronicle.com/madras-hc-opines-christian-educational-institution-highly-unsafe-for-girls

[13] Indian Express, Madras HC refuses to stay sexual harassment probe against college faculty, Published: 17th August 2019 06:09 AM | Last Updated: 17th August 2019 06:09 AM.

[14] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2019/aug/17/madras-hc-refuses-to-stay-sexual-harassment-probe-against-college-faculty-2019868.html

[15] India Today, General feeling Christian co-ed institutions highly unsafe for future of girl children: Madras HC,, Akshaya Nath, August 17, 2019; UPDATED: August 17, 2019 10:00 IST.

[16] https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/christian-coed-institutions-highly-unsafe-girl-children-madras-high-court-1581669-2019-08-17