Birch for temple monsters

Letters to the Editor

THE EDITOR: What were these monsters thinking when they entered a Hindu temple and desecrated it by cooking corned beef (of all things) inside?

I am a follower of the Christian faith and one of our instructions is to give Caesar what is Caesar’s. And I consider that to mean obeying all the secular laws of the country in which one resides. And one of the laws of our country is that every citizen has the right to choose his cult/religion.

Since our independence, we have inadvertently touted and demonstrated to the rest of the world our tolerance (one of our watchwords) for diverse religious beliefs.

Without getting carried away with emotional feelings, let me cut to the chase and suggest here that there should be a reward for anyone who can expose the culprits of this disgusting act. Because they did this disgusting act not only against the Hindu community, but they did it against all of us.

The act can only be interpreted as sowing the seeds of discrimination and religious prejudice. We just need to look around and take note of the endless global miseries that religious division continues to unleash.

I have always defended the return of the executioner. I say back because although a specific sentence for murder is still in our written laws and even with the hundreds of murders increasing each year, the executioner seems to have been sleeping for over two decades.

I therefore plead here for the return of another once appropriate but now seemingly lost punishment for certain crimes – the birch. It should be reinstated given the many reports of sexual and other physical abuse against women. And bearing in mind that if court arbiters declare “hard labour” for those convicted of certain offences, what exactly is that?

Over time, we may use birch for other crimes, such as desecration of places of worship.

Why the birch for this particular crime? We must remember that one of the feelings most dear to their hearts (after love and care for their family) is devotion to their particular religious belief. This should explain the hundreds or thousands of years of fighting between peoples of the same land but of different religious beliefs.

Acts of this type (desecration of temples, mosques and churches) have the potential to create not only psychosomatic division, but also physical clashes between normally good-natured citizens. With our boastful statement “we are all one”, we don’t really want to go there, do we?

Given our celebratory mood, coupled with our seemingly eternal political division, we can just take this “little” temple incident for granted. That is, until it slowly but steadily spirals out of control. This unpleasant act can easily be called an international denunciation. We need to nip it in the bud right away, with the appropriate punishment, of course.



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