Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Policemen suspended after Facebook arrests
Home Minister condemns police actions
- ucanews.com reporter, Mumbai
- November 28, 2012
The government yesterday suspended two senior police officials involved in the arrest of two women over a comment posted on Facebook. The arrests prompted widespread outrage across the nation and calls for an amendment to information technology laws.
“The police officers involved in the arrest of the two girls have been suspended for acting in haste and their untimely arrests,” said R.R. Patil, home minister of Maharashtra state.
A departmental inquiry has been ordered against superintendent of police Ravindra Shengaonkar and senior police inspector Srikant Pingale, Patil said.
Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has transferred judge Ramchandra Bagade, who granted the girls bail on a bond of 15,000 rupees each.
People criticized the judge’s action, saying he should have dismissed the case and set the women free instead of setting bail.
Shaheen Dadha, a 21-year-old college student, had questioned why India’s commercial capital Mumbai came to a halt for the November 18 funeral of nationalist politician Bal Thackeray. Dhadha’s friend Renu Srinivasan was also arrested for adding a “like” to Dahda's post.
Both were arrested November 19. Patil said that if the police had applied their mind properly to the law, this entire issue could have been avoided.
All charges against the girls will also be withdrawn, he said.
In a counter-protest, activists from Thackeray’s Shiv Sena party are observing a bandh (shut down) in Palghar to protest against the suspension of the two police officials.
Around 500 security personnel have been deployed there.