Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church head H.B. Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas Ist Catholicos, 33 Metropolitans and priests will observe a fast in front of Secretariat from Monday in protest against the denial of justice to the church.
Mor Athanasius Elias Metropolitan told a news conference here on Saturday that they were denied permission to enter chapels by the Indian Orthodox Group (Metran Kashi) even in areas where they were in majority. “The coming days are important for the Christian community and it is our right to enter our churches,” he said, urging the government to intervene in the matter at the earliest.
He alleged that the rulers were showing double standards in the issue. “Whenever we carried out peaceful protests, the rulers responded with criminal cases against us. The same people are supporting the Orthodox Church in their acts.”
All Jacobite Syrian Orthodox churches will observe Sunday as protest day while a protest convention will be held at Piravom on the day.