Objectionable Jesus Poster Sparks Violence, Curfew in Punjab


Batala (Punjab), Feb 21 : An indefinite curfew was imposed in this Punjab town Saturday after tension prevailed following the publication of a poster depicting Jesus Christ in an objectionable manner. Clashes also broke out as some members of the Christian community forced shopkeepers to down shutters.

The curfew was imposed after members of the Christian community came to know about the poster, depicting Jesus Christ holding a beer can in one hand and what appeared to be either a cigarette or a chicken leg in the other.

They started gathering in the town and forced the shopkeepers to close their shops, leading to clashes. The police intervened when they tried to burn a few buildings.

Batala, 40 km from Amritsar, has a sizeable Christian population and several leading schools and other institutions have been run by the community for the past several decades.

The curfew will continue till further orders, officials said here.

Punjab police chief P.S. Gill said a case had been registered against the printer of the objectionable poster.

"The printing press in which the controversial poster was printed had been sealed and a case has been registered against the accused at the police station in Jalandhar's Division No. 4.

"Additional forces have been sent to sensitive areas to restore the confidence of the people," Gill said in Chandigarh, 250 km from here.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the state home minister, condemned the act and said no one would be allowed to disturb the peace of the state.

Pictures of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer can in the other in a book for primary classes triggered a row in Meghalaya Friday. The objectionable pictures were found in the cursive writing exercise books at a school in Shillong.

The Catholic Church in India has banned in all its member schools New Delhi-based Skyline Publications for printing the pictures in class 1 cursive writing books.

  

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  • chryselle, mangalore

    Wed, Feb 24 2010

    its not the matter as to who is ruling the nation or the state.the actual matter is that they have shown disrespect to Jesus Christ.if the same was done to any hindu gods surely they too would get enraged and woul have crossed their limits.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur/ Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    Mr. Nagesh nayak, In every nook and corners of India crude bombs were exploding and the police were not registering the case/hiding the facts was also not reported in the media. 24X7.

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2010

    HI Sudhir, Mangalore, THIS IS THE MEANING OF PSUEDOISM. PUB ATTACK & GLASS BREAKING EVENTS ARE TELECAST 24X7 DAYS. EVENTS IN CONGRESS RULED STATES ARE MISSING IN MEDIA . MORAL OF THE STORY IS CONGRESS WANTS POWER AT ANY COST.PSUEDOS WILL SUPPORT. JAI HO.

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  • Sudhir, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    Why you people not blaming Congress government which is ruling in state & central. If it was done in Karnataka or Gujarat, lots of messeges would have come blaming BJP. Just try to understand this all attacks happeneing because congress need power always, its their & ur ancestors startergy DEVIDE & RULE

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    IF SRS/BD/SS DOES MORAL POLICING COMMENTS ARE COMING AGAINST SRS/BD/SS FROM NOOK & CORNER OF THE WORLD . CHRISTAINS ARE NOW TASTING OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE. IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, USA & ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD HINDU GODS & GODESSESS DEPICTED IN OBJECTIONABLE MANNERS. JAI HO.

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  • Stella D'Souza, N.Mumai

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    I agree with Alwyn Menezes. We christians are meant for peacemaking, Then why should we take revenge,when jesus himself said vengenance is mine,instead pray for those people to realise and turn from their sin, coz they do not know what they are doing.

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  • Alwyn Menezes, Hyderabad

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    We Christians are known for spreading love and peace. Let us maintain this and protest in a peaceful manner. The matter has been taken note of by the law and there does not seem to be a need to continue protests and create disturbance in the society. Jesus in His lifetime never wanted His followers to indulge in violent ways to protest against the people who were against him. Let us set an example by being peaceful.

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  • Alwyn Menezes, Hyderabad

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    We Christians are known for spreading love and peace. Let us maintain this and protest in a peaceful manner. The matter has been taken note of by the law and there does not seem to be a need to continue protests and create disturbance in the society. Jesus in His lifetime never wanted His followers to indulge in violent ways to protest against the people who were against him. Let us set an example by being peaceful.

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  • praveen mendonca,kulshekar, mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    Peaceful protests in our state never worked and there is no stop on hurting the sentiments of christians,i am against voilence but i think the christian community in Batala gave a perfect answer so that it may not repeat again.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur,Puttur/Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    I am saddened by the Christian community resorting to forcible closure/bandh. Peaceful protest and prayers is only an answer to Christian problems.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    These people who belong to mischief or trouble mongers, first published some pictures of Prophet Mohammed in insulting ways, then some other commercial marketeers printed objectionably Ganesh picutres on products insulting that religion, & now its the turn of christians it seems to be on the recieving end. May God enlighten all these people-not to disturb the peace loving people of this world. They get a high by distrubing the peace by inciting people & hurting their sentiments.

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  • Sudhir, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2010

    Great work by Sonia & her quick response made CM of Punjab take immedaite action. jai ho congress

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  • Nikita , UAE

    Sat, Feb 20 2010

    What else can we expect from lunatics who want to always be in the limelight of publicity. The vagabonds crave to create unrest in society. They cannot digest the peace and unity among religions. All religion co-exist with peace love understanding, but these notorious vagabonds never allow peace to prevail. In times of crisis or calamity nobody cares which religion one belongs to or who they are, but all are out to help one another. Why do these anti social elements nurture such hatred and provoke people??? Is there going to be no end to all this?

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