Shocked to hear Union ministry freeze all missionaries of charity bank accounts: Mamata

Cruel Christmas present, says Vicar General of Calcutta

Cruel Christmas gift to the poorest of the poor by government agencies, notes Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Calcutta; we are appalled by the timing and the lack of empathy

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Posted on 12/27/21, 3:43 PM

The government of Bengal and the state PMO have alleged that the Union government has frozen all bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, Saint and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, of Calcutta.

“Yesterday, on Christmas Day, the Union ministry FROZEN ALL BANK ACCOUNTS of the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa. The government froze all accounts in India, including cash. Their 22,000 patients, including employees, are left without food or medicine, ”tweeted PMO Secretary of State Surjya Kanta Mishra.

Fifteen minutes later, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Shocked to learn that at Christmas the Union Ministry has frozen all bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s charity missionaries in India! Their 22,000 patients and staff were left without food or medicine. While the law is paramount, humanitarian efforts must not be compromised. “

Neither the chief minister nor the secretary of state of the PMO provided further details about the action.

But the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, Fr. Dominic Gomes condemned the government’s action against the Missionaries of Charity.

“We are appalled at the timing and the lack of empathy to consider the humanitarian catastrophe this decision will cause,” he said.

“By freezing the bank accounts of the Sisters and Brothers of the Missionaries of Charity congregations, government agencies have given a cruel Christmas present to the poorest of the poor. In addition to more than 22,000 dependents and direct beneficiaries in their centers across the country, MC Sisters and Brothers to raise thousands of people and are often the only friends of lepers and social outcasts that no one will even venture near.

“Ignoring the fact that the MCs of Saint Mother Teresa give up all the goods in the world, sleep on the floor and do not earn any money – giving all they have in the service of the poorest in all corners of the earth, especially our poorest Indians – this latest attack on the Christian community and their social reach is even more of a despicable attack on India’s poorest poor, whom the MC congregation serves. “

About two weeks ago, an FIR was filed against Missionaries of Charity in Gujarat under the Gujarat Religious Freedom Act 2003 for allegedly hurting Hindu feelings through forced conversion.

Mayank Trivedi district social defense officer, who lodged the complaint with Makarpura police station, said during a visit accompanied by the chairman of the Vadodara district child protection committee, found that the girls residing in the house run by missionaries of charity were forced to read the Bible and carry the cross, reports Indian express.

“The institution has been involved in activities aimed at intentionally and bitterly injuring the religious feelings of Hindus… The girls inside the girls’ home are drawn to embrace Christianity by having them wear the cross around their necks and wear them. also placing the Bible on the table. of the storage room used by the girls, in order to force them to read the Bible… It is a felony attempt to force the girls to convert to religion ”, one reads in the FIR, according to the report of the ‘Express.

It is not yet clear whether the Union government’s action followed the complaint filed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

The alleged government action follows attacks on churches in different parts of the country. On Christmas Day, the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Ambala, Haryana, run by the BJP, built in 1848, was vandalized. A broken statue of Jesus Christ has been left on its perimeter wall.

Henchmen who allegedly pledged allegiance to Hindutva outfits broke into Christmas services and celebrations in several locations, including Gurgaon, and threatened members of the Christian community, including children.

In October 2020, Amnesty India International announced that it was closing its operations in India after the Center froze Rights Watch’s bank accounts accusing it of violating Indian laws on foreign funding of non-governmental organizations.

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