Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Temples doom in TN
B.R. Haran, Newstodaynet
May2, 2008

In the aftermath of the daring robbery in the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai, the City Police have intensified their patrolling and arrested hundreds of rowdies.
Most of these culprits are in their prime youth.
Two separate police teams are investigating the Mylapore theft case.
In general, the ‘Law & Order’ situation in the state is not up to the satisfaction of the people.

While there is a spurt in various kinds of crimes, temple-related crimes have caused greater concern in the minds of the people, particularly the millions of devoted Hindus.

Just look at the list of crimes in temples since the DMK came to power in the State (the list has been compiled by Social Scientist Vedam Vedaprakash)

July 31, 2006: - Women devotees in Koyambedu complain that the temples in the area have become haven for drunkards in the night times.

August 28, 2006: - A 24 year old youth, who was arrested in a theft case, confesses that he used to enjoy life with small time actresses with the money he looted from temples.

May 06, 2007: - When Kiramangalam police arrested a youth Karunakaran, he confesses that he used to steal from temples regularly to buy liquor.

July 30, 2007: - Many thieves confess that they used to enjoy life with booze and whores from the money they looted from temples. They also say that the police do not take serious action against them and it is alleged that the police take bribes from habitual offenders and leave them unpunished.

September 23, 2007: - The watchmen at the famous Sri Madhura Kaaliamman Temple, Thiruvachur is murdered and the hundial is broken open and the money looted.

October 26, 2007: - The government reports that there has been a sudden spurt in temple related crimes and gives a figure of 60 such cases in a span of six to eight months.

November 26, 2007: - The people of ‘Malaikovil’ village near Coimbatore complain that the ‘Sapthamatrika’ Deity worshipped by them had been broken and vandalised.

November 26, 2007: - The ‘Golden Lizard’ in the famous Sri Varadarajar Temple, Kanchipuram is found damaged.

November 29, 2007: - Highly valued bronze Deities are stolen from Agneswarar Temple, northern bank of Tamraparni River at Rajavallipuram in Tirunelveli.

December 12, 2007: - An arrested youth makes a startling revelation that a well-networked gang is operating in the State and that they adopt a sophisticated method of breaking the hundials and looting the money.
December 28, 2007: - An IOC official is arrested for his involvement in the theft of valuable bronze idols in Thirunelveli.

February 02, 2008: - Huge cash is looted from five temples on the same day in Thirukkovilur in Villupuram District. The affected temples are, Erattai Vinayakar Koil on the banks of a lake, Gangai Amman Koil, North Street, Mariamman Koil, South Street, Vinayakar Koil and Ayyanar Appan Koil, opposite to Thirukkovilur Arts and Science College.

What has been reported is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many thefts and robberies, which go unreported.

In many places, it is alleged that there is a nexus between the cops and the thieves. There are a few places, where complaints are not registered with the police and a few more places where the police have failed in finding the culprits or have not shown interest in investigation.

Devotees feel that the one and only solution by which this ruining of temples by atheists could be stopped is the HR & CE Department must be abolished and temples must be liberated from the control of government, for the constitution of HR & CE itself is unconstitutional.

They say the temples must be handed over to an organisation of Acharyas and religious gurus like, say, Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha’.

Special Report @ http://newstodaynet.com/listindex.php?section=12&catid=21


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