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Madras High Court Judge amends his own Judgment after pressure from the Christian politicians, officialdom and clergy! Is India secular?

August 23, 2019

Madras High Court Judge amends his own Judgment after pressure from the Christian politicians, officialdom and clergy! Is India secular?

Judge Vidyanathan, Madras High Court

13-08-2019 – Christian institutions were highly unsafe for the future of their children: Justice S. Vaidyanathan accepts request to remove observations about Christian missionaries. The Madras High Court on Tuesday 20-08-2019, agreed to remove a contentious paragraph from one of its judgments since it was related to accusations faced by Christian missionaries of indulging in forcible religious conversions and supposed “general feeling” among parents, especially of girl children, that co-educational Christian institutions were highly unsafe for the future of their children[1]. Justice S. Vaidyanathan agreed to delete the relevant paragraph from his verdict in a case filed by a Madras Christian College (MCC) professor accused of sexually harassing girls during a study tour to Karnataka in January this year. The decision to delete was taken after the MCC counsel made a representation in open court on 20-08-2019, Tuesday and urged the court to remove the observations[2].

Para.32 of the Judgment

What the para 32 of the judgment said: The controversial paragraph read: “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 of other religions into Christianity. Now, there is a general feeling amongst the parents of students, especially female students that co-educational study in Christian institutions is highly unsafe for the future of their children and though they impart good education, the preach of morality will be a million dollar question. As long as a religion is practised in streets in lieu of its worship places, like Temple, Mosque, Church, etc., such devastation, as in the present case, does occur and will be mushrooming.”

George Kurian opposes Madras High court observation
21-08-2019 – the Judge deleted the para no.32: Since the judge had dismissed the writ petition filed by the faculty challenging a show cause notice issued to him by the college management, the counsel said the subsequent observations added by the judge after dismissing the case were unnecessary and that they may not remain part of the judgment. The judge readily accepted the request. He, however, retained other observations wherein he had said that several women-centric enactments had been misused to teach a lesson to men in strained relationships. “This is the right time to think of suitable amendments in those laws, in order to safeguard the interest of the innocent,” the judge had said and directed the High Court Registry to mark a copy of his judgment to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice. The judge said[3], “When the court posed a question as to whether the court can remove Paragraph no.32 at this stage in the absence of any review petition – as the court becomes functuous officio after signing of the order – it was replied that there was no request for reviewing the entire order and a particular observation, which was general in nature was sought to be removed. Such removal will not in any way alter the findings/decisions of the court and therefore, there was no bar for this court to remove the Paragraph no.32, which was inapplicable to the present case on hand, especially when those points were not at all urged, canvassed, advanced or discussed by either of the counsel at the time of argument in the open court,” adding, “In view of the above submission and considering the fact that the general observation in Paragraph no.32 has been made by this court after the result portion, which will not at any cost affect efindings/substance/contents of the order, the said Paragraph no. 32 of the order is hereby deleted“, the judge added[4].

Pappusamy, Ravi Santhosam, Valentina - what common

How is that Christian and Communists could sing the same song immediately?: Justice Vaidyanathan had said parents felt that Christian co-education institutions were highly unsafe for the future of girls. Days after Justice S. Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court commented in an order that parents felt that Christian co-education institutions were highly unsafe for the future of girls, several groups, including the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council (TNBC), the Tamil Nadu Latin Bishops’ Council (TNLBC), the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) and the Indian Christian Association of Tamil Nadu expressed concern over his remarks. What this AIDWA was doing when so many girl students of the MCC complained, news appeared in the media and they protested in the college? Were they not conscious about the chastity of the girls, standards of the college or the values of the Christians etc?

What made the removal of para.32
21-08-2019, the Christians and the Communists threaten and 21-08-2019, the Judge bends and mends!: The judge made the comments while dealing with a sexual harassment case involving a professor of the Madras Christian College. In a statement issued on 21-08-2019, Monday, TNBC and TNLBC termed two of Justice Vaidyanathan’s observations — that there were “several accusations against Christians for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions into Christianity”; and that there was a “general feeling among the parents of female students that co-educational studies in Christian institutions is highly unsafe for the future of their children” — regrettable and unwarranted[5]. “First of all, the case is not in any way connected with the question of religious conversion. Therefore, the said observation on religious conversion was unwarranted,” said Rev. Dr. Antony Pappusamy, Archbishop of Madurai and president of TNBC and TNLBC[6]. Regarding the observation about female students being unsafe, Dr. Pappusamy said, “We wonder what the material and data placed before the honourable judge were, that led him to render such a finding. As such, from a cursory reading of the factual matrix in that particular case, we do not find any institutional material warranting such an observation.” He also again endorsed a copy to Ministry of Law and Justice for making necessary amendments[7]. This has created controversy among the legal circles[8].

Para deleted. Deccan Herald

Valentina, State president, AIDWA: In a statement, S. Valentina, State president, AIDWA, said that when the words from a judge could become a law, the baseless accusations of the judge could have a serious impact on the welfare of minorities in the current socio-political climate. “A judge could have a particular view on a subject or could adhere to a specific political ideology. But when the judge is delivering justice, the judge should be impartial and wear the glasses of the Indian Constitution,” she said. AIDWA urged that the comments be withdrawn. Can anybody ask S. Valentina , State president, AIDWA, as to whether she made such statement against the Judge as a woman or Christian or otherwise? Where was Valentine when those Christian professors were harassing the girls, touching their breasts and barging into their rooms? Is it OK for Valentine all such sexual acts?

Para deleted. Deccan Herald.2
The Indian Christian Association of Tamil Nadu said it was deeply hurt: The Indian Christian Association of Tamil Nadu said it was deeply hurt by Justice S. Vaidyanathan’s remarks in the sexual harassment case involving the Madras Christian College.“The sweeping statement that there is a general feeling among parents that co-educational study in Christian institutions is highly unsafe for the future of their children, especially female students, is based on conjectures and surmises, and the comments [should] be expunged from the judgment,” said Dr. Ravi Santosham, president, Indian Christian Association. “The judge’s statement about compulsory conversions is baseless and totally irrelevant to the merits of the case.”

CBCI oppose, Para.32 of the Judgment

Catholic bishops’ forum in Tamil Nadu, The National Council of Churches in India, etc cry foul[9]: Christian leaders said the judge’s comments were painful but they welcomed the court’s decision not to interfere with the decision of the college, which British Protestant missionaries established in 1837. “The remarks the judge made in the order are highly disappointing,” said Father L. Sahayaraj, deputy secretary of the Catholic bishops’ forum in Tamil Nadu. The comments could “damage the image of the Church and the reputation of its education intuitions,” the priest told ucanews.com. The National Council of Churches in India, a forum of Protestant and Orthodox churches in India, said the comments were hurtful[10]. “We are hurt and sorry for such remarks in the order,” said general secretary Asir Ebenezer. “Christians work with commitment and diligence. Unfortunately, we are blamed and our places portrayed as unsafe. It really makes us sad.” The Tamil Nadu Catholic Bishops’ Council in an official statement termed the observations “very unfortunate.” It said conversion or the safety of Christian schools were not the issues before the court. It was one “relating to sexual harassment by a professor and the college has taken necessary action against him without any excuse.” The council also said Christian educational institutions have “produced stalwarts” in India, including Hindus and Muslims. Prabhakar Tirkey, national president of the Rashtriya Isai Mahasang (National Federation of Christians), said the court seems to have forgotten that “not a single Christian has been convicted” for violating conversion laws in the history of India. He noted that Christian missionaries introduced English education some five centuries ago but when the British left India in 1947, the Christian population was less than 3 percent, and “now it is 2.3 percent.”

Vaiko converted Lazarus claim

Political and Minority bogey pressures: The MDMK chief, V. Gopalsamy, reportedly converted to Christianity, as being proclaimed by the Christian evangelist and propagandist C. Lazarasus, immediately came to question the judgment and his video has become viral.  Then on 19-08-2019, Geoge Kurian, Vice Chairman of National Commission for Minorities writes an open letter questioning the judgment.  On 21-08-2019, the Christians and the Communists threaten and 21-08-2019, the Judge bends and mends. Thus, wthin days, they could achieve what they wanted or decided. How is that then, eve rything is controlled by RSS, BJP and so on? Who rules India really? How much of Christian interference and how it works and all, have been proved again through this incidence.

Abhaya murder case

All rapists, pedophiles and other sexual charge sheeters are good: One can recall how the Sha Bano judgment was rescinded by bring another Act, just to placate Muslims and promote Muslim vote bank. So you can forget all the crimes committed by the Christians – the murder of Abhaya, rape of nun by Mulakal, rape of children i.e, Christian pedophiles, sexual harassment, and every thing. All have become good souls, only the affected have been unholy, satanic and dangerous.  The charged, accused and other sinned Cardinal, bishops, pastors and clergy have been redeemed.  An none could question the Christians whatever crime they committed. The Bishops, Churches and above all Vatican are supreme, the Indian judges, courts etc., are nothing. They obey only Holy Sea, Spirit, God etc., not the Indian Constitution, Acts and Rules made there-under.

© Vedaprakash

23-08-2019.

Raveen Rajasigh, Christian Collge, Madras.FB

[1] The Hindu, Madras High Court deletes contentious paragraph on Christian missionaries from verdict, Mohamed Imranullah S. CHENNAI, AUGUST 20, 2019 16:03 IST, UPDATED: AUGUST 21, 2019 01:16 IST.

[2] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/madras-hc-deletes-remarks-on-christian-co-ed-institutions/article29181327.ece

[3] Deccan Chronicle, Chennai: Judge deletes observations against Christian institutions, J STALIN, Published Aug 21, 2019, 2:32 am IST; Updated Aug 21, 2019, 2:32 am IST

[4] https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/210819/chennai-judge-deletes-observations-against-christian-institutions.html

[5] The Hindu, Bishops’ Council, AIDWA concerned over judge’s remark on Christian-run institutions, STAFF REPORTER. CHENNAI, AUGUST 20, 2019 00:48 IST; UPDATED: AUGUST 20, 2019 00:48 IST

[6] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/bishops-council-aidwa-concerned-over-judges-remark-on-christian-run-institutions/article29164589.ece

[7] Barandbench, Madras High Court withdraws comments on Christian Educational Institutions, Meera Emmanuel August 20 2019.

[8] https://barandbench.com/madras-high-court-withdraws-comment-on-christian-run-institutions/

[9] United Christian news, Christian leaders upset by Indian judge’s comments, reporter, New Delhi , India , August 20, 2019.

[10] https://www.ucanews.com/news/christian-leaders-upset-by-indian-judges-comments/85910

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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