'Threats' fail to deter Indian YCS/YSM volunteers

posted 11 Oct 2010, 07:12 by Stefan Gigacz
Responding to threat fears, police in India's Karnataka state intervened Sunday to protect members of the YCS/YSM who were undertaking voluntary social service work.

On Sunday October 10, the member of the Young Christian/Young Students Movement took part in a day of service at Madantyar, including repair of roads, clearance of roadsides, etc.

The police provided protection to the students because of the threat perception caused by the objections raised by Hindu groups to the said work on Saturday, Daijiworld reports.

On Saturday, October 9, after the students undertook the voluntary work along with local Christian youths, Hindu organizations had complained to Punjalakatte police station, alleging that these activists are likely to indulge in religious conversions and that their clothing is provocative.

On Sunday, about 30 policemen including circle inspector, Sudarshan, and Punjalakatte sub-inspector (SI) of police, Madhava Koodlu, Beltangady SI, B G Subbapuiramutt, Venur SI, UmeshUppalige, provided protection to hundreds of activists.

On Sunday, assistant priest of Sacred Heart Church in Madantyar, Rohit D'Costa, explained that the YCS/YSM activists were taking part in a camp organized to give them first hand experience about village life.

Voluntary work for social causes is a part of the training regimen meant to hone leadership skills, self-confidence etc., of the students, he said.

He insisted that allegations of religious conversion were part of a malicious campaign undertaken by anti-social elements and that no religious conversion had been undertaken here. Fr Ronad D'Souza, director of YCS and YSM units of Mangalore diocese, was present.

Circle inspector, Sudarshan, said that the policemen have not noticed any activities like religious conversions, and that no anti-social activities will be allowed to be conducted.

The Indian YCS/YSM is a binary movement with a branch for Catholics and another for those of other faiths.

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Beltangady: Protest - YCS, YSM Activists do Social Work Under Police Protection (Daijiworld)
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