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Give pension to Kevin’s parents: National Dalit Christian Watch

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 1, 2018, 2:24 am IST
Updated Jul 1, 2018, 2:24 am IST
The relief amount of Rs 10 lakh is inadequate considering the loss of the bread winner of the family.
Kevin P. Joseph.
 Kevin P. Joseph.

Thiruvananthapuram: The National Dalit Christian Watch (NDCW), an ecumenical initiative for ensuring the rights and space for Dalit Christians,  has suggested that  the  father and mother of  Kevin  should be provided with old age pension and other government privileges as they have lost the sole breadwinner.
The NDCW has prepared a  report into the murder of Kevin P. Joseph  after visiting his  house in Kottayam.  It may be recalled that  his  body was found in the Chaliyekara canal   near  Thenmala, Kollam, on May 28,  a day after his wife Neenu  filed a complaint about his kidnapping at the Gandhinagar police station.

The  NDCW team, including Rev Dr. Vincent Manoharan, Ruth Manorama, Shibi Peter, Lovewin Cherian  and Prof. George K. Alex among others,  pointed out police  negligence in handling the  murder case from the beginning.  The Gandhinagar police did not provide  protection to Kevin when Neenu’s father threatened him in the police station itself. The police did  not act  quickly to secure Kevin  when Neenu filed a complaint about his missing.   

 

There is an ambiguity whether the police recorded the statement of Kevin’s family members, registered a separate case on the murder of Kevin or altered the initial sections mentioned in the FIR and carried investigations in this direction to punish the offenders, the report pointed out. Mr. Aneesh, a relative of Kevin,  who was abducted and tortured along with Kevin,  should be provided protection. The relief amo-unt of `10 lakh announced by the government to Kevin’s family is inadequate considering the loss of the bread winner of the family. Proper investigation should be pursued and the post- mortem report should be scrutinised without any room for suspicion for manipulation or tampering of facts, the report said.

 

Neenu and Kevin’s sister  Kiruba should be given employment, it said.  The  state’s stand  that this murder does not carry an element of caste and caste-based violence is not correct, the report said. The Church in general in Kerala should recognise that caste practices exist among its members which lead to this kind of violence of loss of life. The Church is expected to fulfil   its role in upholding Christian teachings and Biblical values among its members for the Christian community to live a harmonious life with dignity, justice and Peace.  The  Church should also provide relief and  emotional and Christian support to the family of Kevin. It  should implement the Dalit empowerment policy of CBCI announced recently, the report pointed out.

 

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Location: India, Kerala




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