The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church is observing a protest against the proposal put forward by the National Commission For Women (NCW) to prohibit churches from practicing the ritual of confession.
Priests of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church said they are against this recommendation as it is against the spirit of ancient Indian culture which respects different faiths with tolerance. They even requested the Centre to reject this proposal.
The NCW had made the suggestion following a rape case involving four priests of the Orthodox Church.
The church authorities in their statement said confession was one of the sacred sacraments of the Church. It further read that the recommendation by the NCW was immature and taken without proper consultation and discussion. NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma had said that a proper investigation needs to be carried out by a central agency into the increasing incidents of rape and sexual assaults in churches of Kerala.
The commission recommended abolishing the practice of confessions in churches as it can lead to the blackmailing of women.