New Delhi, July 27: Hitting out at the National Commission for Women (NCW) for its proposal to ban the practice of confession in churches, Kerala BJP leader George Kurian on Friday stated that the feminist ideology had crossed its limits. Kurian, who is also the vice-president of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), said that the NCW won’t allow any such proposal to be implemented. Notably, his reaction came soon after the NCW recommended the government to do away with the practice of confession in churches since they posed a threat to women.
The NCW had prepared a report on the two scandals– one involving four priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the second one accusing the Bishop of Jalandhar, Franco Mulakkal, of rape– after it met the victims of both the cases and is now sending it to the Ministry of Home Affairs. It has also sent copies of the reports to Kerala and Punjab governments as well.
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said that the commission has recommended that the government terminate the ”practice of confession’ in churches. Adding to it, she said that priests were misusing this practice and women were suffering.
“The confession could give an opportunity for the priests to exploit even men. With women, they can sexually exploit them. But with men, they could blackmail them for money. So this confession should go from the churches.” Sharma further said that there could be more such cases,” she added.
The NCW’s recommendation of abolishing the confession practice comes in tandem with the two sex scandals in churches. On being questioned if this recommendation will be at crossroads with religion and faith, Sharma said that if religious customs and practices came in the way of security and safety of women, NCW can definitely seek remedies.