Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has reacted to Catholic bishop Joseph Kallarangatt's statement of 'love and narcotic jihad'.He has said that the problem of drugs is not of any one religion. It affects the whole society. Muslim organizations have opposed the statement of the bishop. Organizations say that this is an attempt to create communal division in Kerala society. Bishop Kallarangat issued a circular advising family to beware of "fraudsters" who implicate girls and young women.
On Saturday, CM Vijayan said that 'Narcotics have no religion. Their complexion is anti-social. He said, 'Pala bishop is an influential and religious scholar. We are hearing for the first time such a thing as Narcotics Jihad. The problem of drug addiction does not only affect a particular community, it affects the entire society. We are concerned about this. We are increasing the legal action.
He appealed to those holding religiously influential posts to be 'careful'.He said, 'It is not clear what he meant, it is not understood under what circumstances he said this. People in responsible positions should be careful not to create religious divisions in society. A circular was issued by the Pala Bishop on August 28.
In this letter to the priests, he had said that these 'fraudsters' approach the representatives of local bodies by becoming former pastors. After this, they claim that they are living abroad and ask for documents of girls studying there so that they can get their feedback on some issues. When there was doubt about the sound, the caller purportedly alleged 'bad weather abroad'.
The bishop has asked the priests to caution the families. Sources reveal that the bishop had issued this circular after some such cases came to the fore. The church has also officially responded to the controversy. An editorial said that "interested people" were behind the controversy, as the bishop was "drawing public attention to serious issues facing the Christian community".And they were not targeting 'any other religion'.
The church further explained that it is the job of the police to investigate the bishop's claims." Former DGP Loknath Behera himself has admitted that Kerala is becoming a hotbed of terrorist recruitment and sleeper cells are rampant here," the church said. Has the whole of Kerala not debated the four women from Kerala who are in Afghan prison? Those who are asking for proof, what more proof do you need about love jihad.'