Outrage after Catholic woman refused burial in Manipur village

Yangmi and family were ex-communicated and banished from his village Leingangching in Ukhrul on January 7, 2010.

 
Imphal: 

A Manipur village denied permission to bury a dead woman because the village council had ex-communicated her family about seven years ago, following their conversion from Baptist to Catholic faith.


Rita, wife of Yangmi Haorei, of Ukhrul district expired on August 7 but her mortal remains have not been put to rest till date, according to a report in The North East Today.

For his conversion from Baptist to Catholic, Yangmi and family were ex-communicated and banished from his village Leingangching in Ukhrul on January 7, 2010. At present they are staying at Litan in the same district.


Now the people of Leingangching are preventing Yangmi from burying his dead wife at their village.

Speaking to media persons, Tangkhul Catholic Council president Paotam Zimik decried that denial of proper burial to a dead woman is against humanity and a blatant violation of freedom of religion enshrined in the Constitution of India.

“It is a matter of serious concern if the Government cannot see us, the Roman Catholics, as citizens of the country,” Paotam said.

At the time of Yangmi’s conversion, the Sacred Heart Parish Council in Hungpung had sent a letter asking the Leingangching Village Authority to give freedom of religion to the villagers.

The village authority sent a reply to Yangmi within the same month informing that there was no prohibition in embracing any other religious faith/denomination but they must leave the village.

Even though various complaints were lodged with police, the FIR was withdrawn following NSCN-IM’s assurance that they would look into the matter.

“In spite of all these harsh and humiliating treatment, we, as Catholics, would not resort to violence and we would wait for Government intervention,” Paotam Zimik added.

Source: The North East Today

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