Sanguem: While supporting the demand that the renovation of Hindu crematorium at Sanguem should be taken up on the priority basis, Shiv Sena has condemned statement by Youth Congress Block President Messiah D’Costa alleging that he had hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.
Sena’s Goa Vice President Rakhi Prabhudesai Naik said that Messiah while talking to reporters had made objectionable statements that body parts of the half burnt corpses are dragged out of the crematorium by cows and dogs, and they are found on the road.
“I do understand and support the demand of renovating the cemetery but giving such kind of statements is highly objectionable and hurting sentiments of people following Hindu religion,” she said.
“First of all, Messiah should know that no corpse is left half burnt in the cemetery. The last ritual mandates that the people should move out from the cemetery only after entire body is burnt,” she added.
“There is no question of body parts being dragged out of cemetery. Also, Cow is Holy for Hindu religion. Messiah should have common sense that Cow does not eat meat, so it will never drag out body parts,” Naik claimed.
Congress leader Savitri Kavlekar who spearheaded this exercise of handing over memorandum to Sanguem Municipal Council should have at least educated Messiah about Hindu rituals, she pointed out.
Naik alleged that in a bid to get publicity, she completely failed to inform Messiah, a basic fact that Cow doesn’t eat meat. She should have at least tendered immediate apology to the media when Messiah made the objectionable statement. Her silent has made her party to the entire guilt.
Congress party in an attempt to gain publicity has resulted in hurting Hindu religious sentiments.
“Messiah should tender public apology for his irresponsible statement under the garb of demand to renovate Hindu crematorium,” she demanded.
There are no two ways that the crematorium should be repaired. Sena agreed with the demand and will join hands with any non-political organization which takes up this issue, she said.
But at the same time, we will not tolerate attempts to hurt Hindu religious sentiments, Naik added.