Cong demands panel head's resignation over nunnery recommendations

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 6 (UNI) The Congress in Kerala today demanded the resignation of Kerala Women's Commission Chairperson D Sreedevi for the panel's recommendations regarding girls joining nunneries.

Addressing mediapersons here, Pradesh Congress Committee President Ramesh Chennithala said the Commission's recommendations regarding girls entering convents to become nuns was not based on facts.

''The canon law of the church insists that no person could become a priest or nun without attaining 18 years of age and the Commission has recommended the state government to take action against those parents who send their minor daughters to become nun,'' he said.

Another recommendation regarding family property rights of nuns was also baseless, Mr Chennithala said, adding that the nuns gave away the properties according to their own wish and not anyone else's. The Commission had recommended that family property rights should be assured to women sent to convents.

The recommendation for rehabilitating the nuns who returned from the convent was also not acceptable, he said.

Alleging that the CPI(M) was continuing its ''anti-minority'' policies, he warned that it would have far reaching consequences.

Stating that fake godmen should be brought to book, he alleged that the pro-CPI(M) youth wing, the Democratic Youth Federation of India, indulged in attacking Pentecostal missions and certain ashrams deliberately. ''Stringent action should be taken against those who illegally amass wealth. Deliberate attacks on certain missionaries and ashrams was not welcome,'' he said.

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