Nevada (US), July 1 (ANI): Hindus have approached Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urging it to "ensure that Malta treats all the religions and denominations equally in front of the law".
Bhavna Shinde of Forum for Hindu Awakening, in a communiqui to this Office, wrote: Malta Criminal Code reportedly makes one liable to imprisonment up to 6 months for publicly vilifying 'Roman Catholic Apostolic Religion', while committing such an act against 'any cult tolerated by law' makes one liable to imprisonment only up to 3 months.
Please investigate it and ensure that Malta treats all the religions and denominations equally in front of the law.
Meanwhile, in the recent past, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, prominent Jewish leader in Nevada and California in USA, in a statement on this issue, said that it seemed to imply that except Roman Catholic, other religions and denominations including Hinduism and Judaism were just one of the cults in the eyes of Malta.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Rabbi Freirich, argued that it was perturbing to note that a country of Europe, which prided itself for its human rights initiatives, apparently treated crimes against religious sentiment of "other" religions/denominations as less serious than against majority religion and described religions/denominations ther than majority religion as cults. (ANI)