Sharia Court demands ban on 5 Missionaries in J & K

January 20, 2012 by  
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C. M. Khanna

C. M. Khanna

Jammu & Kashmir, January 19, 2012: A Sharia Court today issued a decree for expulsion and banning of five Christian clergymen from Jammu & Kashmir and asked the state government to monitor activities of Christian missionary schools in the valley. The court issued the diktat after the missionaries including chief of of All Saints Church in Kashmir C.M. Khanna and Dutch nastional Jim Borst were found ” guilty” of attracting Muslim youth to Christianity through monetary allurements.
 
“Khanna and his associates have been found guilty of spreading communal disaffection and were involved in immoral activities. They are ordered to be expelled from the state,” deputy Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Nasir-ul-Islam said while reading the verdict of the Sharia Court here. The Court had  conducted a trial after a video clip showed Khanna baptizing seven Muslim Muslim youth at a Church here last year.Following a public outcry, the pastor was arrested by the police and is currently out on bail.
 
The decree  also asked the state government to monitor the activities of the local missionary schools where a majority of the students were Muslims. “Since the majority of the students in these schools are Muslims, Islamic studies should also be included in the school curriculum”  the Court said. The court also called for the inclusion of local scholars and educationists in the governing bodies of these schools. It is pertinent to state here that for some time, pamphlets and hand bills are reported to have been circulated in the Kashmir valley asking the students not to recite the Lord’s Prayer being sung at the morning assemblies of the Christian schools as the prayer  goes against the tenets of Islam for Islam does not regard God as Father.
 
Since 2003 a tirade has been going against Rev. Father Jim Borst, Mill Hill Missionary who has been serving the valley since August 1963. He has established two schools under the name of Good Shepherd’s Mission School – one each at Pulwama and Shiv Pora in the Kashmir Valley. Finding themselves no match for these two schools, the alleged fundamentalists who had also established their schools at Pulwama,  found an easy way of maligning Fr. Jim Borst by making false allegations about him.
 
His school at Pulwama was bombed twice by the terrorists and was later set ablaze. He was asked to present himself himself before the Sharia Court on December 10,2011 which he declined to do, under advise from fellow compatriots, who had done so. The diktat of the Sharia court goes to show the plight of the Christian minuscule minority in the Kashmir valley. The Christian schools have been functioning in the valley since the 19th century and have been rendering yeoman’s services in the valley.
 
Tyndale Biscoe School was established in 1865 and St. Joseph’s School, Baramulla in 1905 followed by the Burn Hall School, Srinagar in 1954 and Presentation Convent School, Srinagar in early 40s. Besides this, the Mill Hill Missionaries had established Cambrigde school and a college too. It seems that Islamist fundamentalists cleared Kashmir valley of the Hindu population in1989, followed by warning to the Sikhs of late and are now  targeting the Christians too, who are about 400 in number and being harrassed to leave.

– predhuman dhar

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