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Catholic burial vault in Chennai: As it is Residential area, Body exhumed and buried again in burial grounds!

December 28, 2018

Catholic burial vault in Chennai: As it is Residential area, Body exhumed and buried again in burial grounds!

St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Pozhichallur
One more Christian burial right in Residential area in Chennai: Six months after unearthing an unauthorised home for disposal of dead bodies in Salavakkam, Kancheepuram district, a similar case has come to light near Pallavaram, on Wednesday. 26-12-2018. Remember the story of a mysterious hospice near Chengalpet that hit the headlines earlier this year for burying the bodies of its inmates inside the campus? Same is the case here at a church in Pozhichalur, but with a Slight twist. What changed a silent narrow lane into a crowded Ranganathan Street-like, is this St Alphonsa Syro Malabar Catholic Church and the mystery of a ‘body’ buried inside it[1]. The news was first taken to the public last night by a resident here, who belonged to a Hindu group and as the information started spreading across this tightly-packed residential area, it shocked them to the core[2]. Within minutes, it eventually hit the social media and a huge bunch of people marched here overnight. Soon, the police stepped in, raided the place and retrieved a body that was buried inside a chamber in a concrete cemetery in the church. Then they buried it at the Pozhichalur burial ground, after completing legal formalities.

St Alphonsa -Pozhichallur-concrete vault-Deccan Chronicle
Why the Tamil and Malayali Christians have separate burials and practices?: Still, the social media posts claimed that there were more than seven corpses buried inside the campus. Adding to this, it was also said that more chambers were found inside a room in the church. Following this, News Today visited the spot this morning to find out what has really happened. “This is a Malayalam Roman Catholic church. We are also Roman Catholics, but Tamils. We all used to go for a common church before two years. But, some of their (Keralites) customs differ from us. So they bought a land here and built this church. One of their main practices is, burying the dead bodies in a cemetery that is built inside the church premises. This custom is followed widely in Kerala. The Catholics want more space in India to be filled with tombs, as they want to aggressively show off their presence by all means. In  Kerala, if it were  prue theology, here, linguistic fanaticism to whip up passion dividing people.

St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Pozhichallur- body burried
The concrete burial vaults – licensed or not: Even in Tamilnadu, they do this in areas like Thoothukudi,” said Kannan, a resident here. He further said, “Following the same, this church members too built the chambers to bury the body of its members. They also claimed that they have applied for license, to make the process legal. The Christians always tell these tales. Even the bone-Thomas of Salavakkam also told but, every thing has been forgotten now, But, before they got the approval, one of the members, a 75-year-old man Lonappan, originally from Kerala, who resided at Pammal with his family, was dead. So, expecting that they would get the license soon, they buried this man here, a week back. The body was kept inside a box and a cement memorial cemetery was built around it.”

St Alphonsa -Pozhichallur-concrete vault-News Today
Body exhumed and burried again in burial grounds: “However, the police demolished it completely and recovered the body. As it was just a week back, the body was not in a bad condition,” he stated. Other residents showed their strong opposition towards this activity. “This is a pure residential area and we don’t want these kinds of activities here. The government should never grant the license. Such activities are strictly condemned,” said an angry resident, G Mohanasundaram. Speaking to News Today, Shankar Nagar Inspector of Police (Crime) Bhooma Devi, said[3], “we visited the spot after the complaint and recovered a body. Revenue officials are set to conduct an inspection at the church today. Investigations are on.” This incident has brought in much chaos overnight and many residents who spoke to this reporter stressed that they would not allow a cemetery setup in their neighbourhood[4]. Police have launched a hunt of Jose, chairman, and Geo, reverend of the Church. Sankar Nagar police registered case and have launched a hunt for the chairman and father of the church[5].The locals filed a representation with Kancheepuram collector P. Ponniah. On his direction, a team led by tahsildar and Tambaram RDO, rushed to the church on Wednesday evening. Sankar Nagar police provided security cover to the team[6]. But, even if that Jose is tracked and taken for questioning, will the Police could proceed further?

Christian cremation - orde of the dau 2018

Cremation or Burial – the Western discussion: The Indian Christian should listen to Pope and accept cremation. When the Pope lifted the ban on cremation in 1963, why they continue in India even in 2018, even after 56 years? The Christian west has already discussed and decided the issue and many Christians have started for cremation. Cremation is usually considered cheap and cost-effective,  between $700 and $2000. = Rs. Rs. 4900/- and 15,000/- Burial cost is $ 10,000 = Rs.7,00,000/- in foreign countries with other service fees, transportations, grave plot caskets and headstones[7]. Not to mention, staff usage, hearse, preparation of the body and embalming.. It is environmental friendly and saves space. Cremations take no space and in contrary, burials demand new land after each generation passes away. But, cremation does not allow another organism to feed on the body or produce and thus the circle of life is being broken, it means it is environmental unfriendly[8]. So if the Indian Christians are still afford to continue burial, definitely, something has been there, then, the bone-Thomas too have suspicious activities, as has been exposed by the media, but, now suppressed.

Dr William Price - On January 23, 1893

How cremation accepted in Christianity?[9]: The practice of cremation dates back to ancient times, but after Christianity was introduced, cremation in Christian countries was stopped because it was seen as a sacrilegious act towards Christians and God. However, in 1963 Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on cremation[10]. In England and Wales, burial took place principally in churchyards until the late 19th century when advocates of cremation founded the Cremation Society of Great Britain with the aim of constructing the first crematorium. This first Act of Parliament concerning cremation in the UK was the Cardiff Corporation Act of 1894, a piece of legalisation which came about following the eccentric activities of Dr William Price. He got a son named Jesus Christ Price, however, the boy developed convulsions and died. William cremated him on the top of hill. As it was illegal, he was arrested and taken to court. Eventually, Price was indicted on three counts:

  1. That on January 13 he had unlawfully, wilfully and indecently attempted to cremate the body of his deceased infant male child, and that he had caused indignities to the remains of the body;
  2. that by such conduct he had caused a public nuisance and
  3. that he had attempted to dispose of the child’s body when the coroner intended to hold an inquest upon it, without first giving notice to the coroner.

Price’s trial began on February 16, 1884, at the Glamorgan Assizes at Cardiff, and he argued his case. The trial continued, in his final speech, Price said: “When I die, if I cannot get someone to burn my body, then by God I shall somehow contrive to come back and burn myself!” The jury reached a not guilty verdict and Price was set free. On January 23, 1893, after a week’s illness, Price passed away. A week later, a group of people formed the congregation of the first officially authorised and sanctioned public cremation ceremony in Britain.

St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Pozhichallur-concrete vault

What is the truth?: Salavakkam concrete vault burials raised many questions and exposed the stereo type modus operandi. Export of skeletons, bones, bone powder and many such allegations were made. However, none knows what the police or the government has taken action against the church authorities. The account of bodies received, disposed etc., are not produced to the public, in spite of the demands made by the villagers. How one more church has been found with the same modus operandi. So what has been actually going on has to be probed. Is there any scam or illegal activity going on has to be clarified.

Dr William Price - On January 23, 1893-2 clear-full photo

© Vedaprakash

28-2-2018.

[1] NewsToday, Corpse found inside Church in Chennai; Chambers built to store bodies, Posted on December 27, 2018 by P T Usha

[2] https://newstodaynet.com/index.php/2018/12/27/corpse-found-inside-church-in-chennai-structures-built-to-store-bodies/

[3] Indian Express, Unauthorised multi-tier vault sealed in church premises in Chennai suburbs, by Sahaya Novinston, December 26, 2018 03:35 pm; Updated December 26, 2018 03:35 pm.

[4] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2018/dec/27/unauthorised-multi-tier-vault-sealed-in-church-premises-in-chennai-suburbs-1917220.html

[5] DECCAN CHRONICLE, Chennai: Church officials in spot for illegal disposal of dead, Published Dec 27, 2018, 4:39 am IST, Updated Dec 27, 2018, 4:39 am IST

[6] https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/271218/chennai-church-officials-in-spot-for-illegal-disposal-of-dead.html

[7] The Frisky, Burial or Cremation – What is the Right choice, Danielle Granger, December 17, 2018.

[8] https://thefrisky.com/burial-or-cremation-what-is-the-right-choice/

[9] Times of Malta, The trial that led to cremation’s legalisation in the UK,  Sunday, December 9, 2018, 11:34.

[10] https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20181209/life-features/the-trial-that-led-to-cremations-legalisation-in-the-uk.696309

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St Joseph Hospice: a place for dying or dead people, what has been happening to dead bodies? (1)

February 24, 2018

St Joseph Hospice: a place for dying or dead people, what has been happening to dead bodies? (1)

Saint Joseph, Paleswaram

Shocking news coming out about St Joseph Hospices: Nowadays, about pedophile crimes, sexploitation and such other news have been read, heard and discussed at, but, now, this is about death, dead bodies, skeletons and bones. About over 70 kilometres from Chennai city, the St Joseph’s Hospice sprawls across the arid village of Palaswaram in Kancheepuram district. The vast campus serves as a destitute home for men and women. It was started with the claim of taking care of dying men and women found at different places, brought there and keep them till they die. After death, their bodies are kept in concrete vaults. Shocking allegation against an NGO named St. Joseph’s Hospice have emerged, which include beating sick inmates and using their dead bodies for harvesting bones[1]. Some reports have also alleged that it is also involved in harvesting organs of its inmates and selling it to other countries[2]. The hospice, which calls itself a ‘Home for Dying Destitute’, was founded by Father R. V. Thomas in 2011. The same Christian pastor is also running similar hospices in Dindigul and Paleshwaram. A hospice is a Christian equivalent of an Ashram where sick and destitute are supposed to be taken care of.

Dead bodies smuggled -enquiry-Thomas

What they – Joseph Hospice- claim[3]: Their website claims as follows: “Our first Hospice situated at Mettur Gate[4], near Kodai Road, in Dindigul District was started in 2006 and has now 325 dying destitute of which 140 are women and 185 men. Every week there is an average of 7 persons who die here in human dignity. Till Jan 2016, more than 1900 people have so far died here in peace. At the same time, last 12 years , more than 8000 people have been healed and restored and have gone back to their places of choice. We started a second Hospice not far from Chingleput[5], only 90 minutes drive away from Chennai airport in 2011. 16 acres of land was donated by a kind soul where 500 patients from the cities of Chennai, Pondichery, Vellore etc., can be accommodated. Situated 16kms.close to Vedanthangal, a world famous bird sanctuary, the second Hospice is a sanctuary for ill and homeless destitute who otherwise die on the pavements and gutters, uncared, unloved and unmourned. A third, small Hospice at Tambaram[6] near the Chennai airport was started as a collection centre in December 2014 where only about 30 patients are accommodated. When the traffic is a bit calm,during the wee hours of the morning, we bring them to our bigger second Hospice in batches of 6 to 8 patients. We are looking forward to starting similar holding Hospices in the North Chennai area and the city of Pondichery. Our good news is that the Salesians of Chennai Province has come forward to give us a 3.75 acre plot of land with a building near Vellore[7]. We hope to start a 4th Hospice there in April 2016 for about 150 dying destitute. These Hospices and a rehab centre for the blind and handicapped are run by the Trust called,”Light for the Blind India”. The CEO is Fr.Thomas. We have started a fourth hospice at Vellore with the help of the Salesians of Chennai Province who gave us a 3.75 acre plot of land with a building.

 Saint Joseph, Tambaram, Irumbiliyur

Help-cries from ambulance and two old people found with dead body: Tension prevailed near Uthiramerur in Kancheepuram district on 20-02-2018 Tuesday after public intercepted the tempo van of an NGO ferrying two elderly persons and the dead body of a destitute and claimed that the NGO was up to illegal activities[8]. However, police and revenue authorities who reached the scene found that the van belonged to a home, registered with the government, who take care of elderly people and bury the dead bodies of the elderly destitute who die at Government hospitals[9]. The government action came a day after [21-02-2018] a van belonging to elder care centre was found carrying a dead body with bags of vegetables along with two aged persons, in Salaivakkam in Kancheepuram on Tuesday 20-02-2018, afternoon[10]. Sources said the officials advised the management of the hospices to adopt age-old burial process for disposing the bodies than concrete vaults[11]. But the elder care centre managers were not ready to accept it because they felt vault was more cost-effective. The officials began to question Father Thomas, founder of the St. Joseph hospice, and the other officials of the old age home which went on for five hours[12]. The managers of the home admitted that it was mistake to transport the body with the vegetables and two aged people. “We have done nothing wrong. Our motive is to give shelter to the people who are being left alone, and those who are mentally ill and the people affected with diseases. We will provide them everything that they need and make them feel home,” claimed a staff[13].

St Joseph -dead bodies vaults

A multi-tier vault for storing corpses: Indian Express has given these details, “They were surprised to find that the hospice did not just take care of the destitute elderly, but also had a multi-tier vault for storing corpses[14]. The vaults appeared like bank lockers. After a certain number of years, the vaults were reused. While it is unclear if the hospice management obtained permission to build the vault, what raised concern among officials was the lack of monitoring on whose bodies were deposited there and how the remains were processed. The home’s licence expired a few months ago and its application for renewal has not yet been approved[15]. “We raised concern about the absence of supervision on how the home handles bodies. We don’t even know if they obtain death certificates before depositing the corpses in the vault,” said a health department official. While rules mandate that the remains in the vault be cleared only once in 13 years, local residents claimed the management had been clearing them every few months. A representative of the home said they were open to a probe”. But, nothing is known till date.

St Joseph ambulance- Polimer TV-3

News reports coming out based on videos etc: It has come under the scanner after a truck, dressed as an ambulance, was found to be ferrying a corpse, an old man and an old woman, along with vegetables, to the centre[16]. The incident came to light after a motorist traveling along the Salavakkam-Edayamputhur road heard the screams of an elderly woman, who called to him from inside the truck and asked him to save her[17]. Speaking to Thanthi TV, the elderly woman who was rescued, identified as Annamal from Tiruvallur district said that she had left her kin’s house after a fight with them, when she was picked up from Little Mount and brought to St Joseph’s Hospice’s Tambaram branch. “They took me away on Saturday or Sunday. I was in Little Mount. When I went inside, I saw that there were two dead bodies there. The other people who were there were very sick. After seeing that, I thought, I am well – why have they brought me here with the dead? I only wanted a hostel to stay, not an ashram like this,” Annamal said[18]. “I said, I don’t like it, I don’t like it, I don’t like it! I told them I won’t stay there. Every day I begged them, but I wasn’t allowed to go,” she added. The woman went on to say that she was examined by two doctors on Monday, who asked why she was being kept at the hospice when she was well.

© Vedaprakash

24-02-2018

Saint Joseph,oldage-Thomas and two

[1] News Today, Around 40-50 die every month at Uthiramerur, February 21, 2018

[2] https://www.newstodaynet.com/index.php/2018/02/21/around-40-50-elders-die-every-month-at-uthiramerur/

[3] http://www.stjosephshospices.com/web/index.php?r=site%2Fabout

[4] St Joseph’s Hospice, Mettur Gate PO, Kodai Road (via), Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, 624206; Mobile: +91­9360376678 / +91­9976211721 / +91­ 9655291511.

[5] St.Joseph’s Hospice, Paleswaram Village, Salavakkam (via)Uthirameroor (Tk),  Kancheepuram District, Tamilnadu,Pin:603107.Mobile: +91­9360376678/+91­9976211721 /9684307554

[6] St. Joseph’s Hospice, Arul nagar,Irumpuliyur, East Tambaram, Chennai ­59

Mobile: +91­9360376678,+91­9976211721,9655291511

[7] St. Joseph’s Hospice, 747 A,Ramanathapuram road,  Chithoor kootu road,  Thiruvalam post, Veloor district,Pin:632515;Mobile: +91­9360376678.

[8] DECCAN CHRONICLE. Suspicion triggers tension in Kancheepuram district, Published: Feb 21, 2018, 8:12 am IST; Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 8:12 am IST

[9] https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210218/suspicion-triggers-tension-in-kancheepuram-district.html

[10] OpIndia, Tamil Nadu Christian NGO accused of harvesting bones and organs of the elderly, By OpIndia Staff, Posted on February 23, 2018

[11] http://www.opindia.com/2018/02/tamil-nadu-christian-ngo-accused-of-harvesting-bones-and-organs-of-the-elderly/

[12] DtNext, Officials inspect St Joseph Hospices, want to stop concrete vault burial system, Published: Feb 22,2018, 06:30 AM by Sam Augustine.

[13] https://www.dtnext.in/News/City/2018/02/22020643/1062730/Officials-inspect-St-Joseph-Hospices–want-to-stop-.vpf

[14] Indian Express, Questions over hospice with room for dead, By Express News Service  |   Published: 22nd February 2018 04:06 AM;  Last Updated: 22nd February 2018 04:06 AM

[15] http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2018/feb/22/questions-over-hospice-with-room-for-dead-1777033.html

[16] TheNewdMinute, Why were 2 elders and a corpse transported with veggies? TN hospice  under scanner, Manasa Rao, Friday February 23, 2018 17:19.

 

[17] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/why-were-2-elders-and-corpse-transported-veggiesorpse-tn-hospice-under-scanner-76918

[18] Thanthi TV, பிணம் கடத்தப்பட்ட சம்பவம்: “உயிர் பிச்சை தருமாறு கெஞ்சினேன்” – மீட்கப்பட்ட மூதாட்டி கண்ணீர் பேட்டி, Published on Feb 20, 2018; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljCPJuhTFo4