Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, of the Syro Malabar Church in Kerala, courted controversy after saying that extremists were trying to “end non-Muslims” by using tactics like ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’.
Catholic bishop in Kerala courted controversy after saying that extremists were trying to “end non-Muslims” by using tactics like ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’.
Pala Bishop Mar Joseph Kallarangatt, of the Syro Malabar Church, alleged that jihadists had resorted to insidious, non-violent means to convert Christians and youth from other religions forcibly.
“They’ve realised that in a nation like India, taking up weapons and destroying others isn’t easy; they’re using other means. Their aim is to promote their religion and end non-Muslims. They use ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’,” said Bishop Kallarangatt while addressing a congregation at a church in Kuruvilangad, Kottayam district.
The bishop further claimed that extremists were trying to sow the seeds of communalism, religious disharmony, and intolerance in Kerala to destroy other religions. They were targeting women belonging to other faiths for economic gains and using ‘love jihad’ as a “war strategy” to achieve their ends, he charged.
“Jihadis, through love or other means, use women from other religions for misusing, for terrorist activities, or for economic gains. Those trying to prove that there’s no ‘love jihad’ are trying to feign ignorance. It’s not just a love marriage, it’s a war strategy,” Bishop Kallarangatt added.
They've realised that in a nation like India, taking up weapons & destroying others isn't easy, they're using other means. Their aim is to promote their religion&end non-Muslims. They use 'love jihad' & 'narcotic jihad': Pala (Kerala) Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt addresses devotees pic.twitter.com/ESLyAZdGaJ
This isn’t the first time that Bishop Kallarangatt has made polarizing statements. Last month, he had sounded the alarm over a so-called conspiracy by various groups to target young Christian girls by trapping them in love and forcing them to convert their religion.
The Catholic priest repeated the claim during Thursday’s address, alleging that jihadists were trained in brainwashing girls belonging to other religions and that Christian and Hindu girls from Kerala had been converted and sent to terrorist camps in Afghanistan.
“Nowadays, Christian girls are largely becoming victims of such traps…We need to recognise that jihadis, with extreme mindset, have laid the trap in schools, colleges, hostels, commercial establishments, and other such public places and institutions with an aim to lure the girls at their tender age,” PTI quoted Bishop Kallarangatt as saying.
He further said that politicians, socio-cultural leaders, and journalists were denying the reality of ‘love jihad’ and ‘narcotic jihad’ for their own vested interests.