Bangladeshi Christians denounce drugs, alcohol

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Asia, newsletter-asia

Bangladesh, August 2, 2017: About 2,000 people, mostly Christians, joined a rally in Bangladesh to denounce a rise in crimes and violence related to drugs and alcohol.

The rally covered 180 kilometers within the radius of eight Catholic parishes in Dhaka Dhaka Archdiocese, collectively called the Bhawal region.

Organized by the Bangladesh Christian Association, the rally started from St. Joseph’s Parish July 28 and ended at Holy Family Parish the next day.

Along the way demonstrators chanted slogans such as “love life, say no to drugs” as they stopped in parishes, distributed anti-drug leaflets and planted saplings as a sign of a drug-free life.

Bhawal region is one of the largest Catholic settlements in Bangladesh, where drinking locally produced alcohol is customary.

However, alcoholism has been blamed for a spat of violence and arrests in recent months. Police have been accused of exploiting the custom to extort money, arresting people for producing and selling liquor illegally.

“Recent cases of violence prompted us to act against addiction, especially alcoholism. We have decided to pair up with local church officials to combat this menace and people have responded very well,” said Nirmol Rozario, president of Bangladesh Christian Association.

“Our younger generation are increasingly plunging into drugs and alcohol, and they are being lost. We must save them by continuing this campaign and spreading awareness among the young and adults. Our aim is to reduce addiction by 60 percent in next three years,” Rozario said.

Father Albert T. Rozario, convener of the Justice and Peace Commission in Dhaka Archdiocese hailed the initiative.

– ucan

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