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The death of John Allen Chau and the implications: Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?

November 28, 2018

The death of John Allen Chau and the implications: Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?

Sentinel near to Myanmar, Thailand

Are Indians “tribals” still? What happened to human dignity and all?: Recently, the death of one Christian hit missionary headlines and breaking news of international and national media with mixed reactions and died down within a weak. Most of the Indian media carried the news, just like that with sensation. Of course, the people of Sentinel have been made known to many, because of the media coverage. When the modernized, hi-tech and neo-global breed human species have been engaged in all sorts of terror activities, they still call the Indians as “tribals”! Comfortably, all forget the human dignity, human rights, privacy, individual rights and so many other stuff of modern day sermons. As usual, the Christia media cried foul and showered him as the martyr / sacrificial victim for Christian religion and so on. Had he been a Catholic, he would be canonized soon. However, as he violated the Acts and Rules of India and also involved in suspicious sojourns and other activities, evidently, all want to down play and forget. Ironically, the American Consulate Chennai knew the affairs rill death and thereafter.

Andaman tribes killed missionary - 21-11-2018-John Allen Chau

John Allen Chu detah was reported by the American Consulate: The news about John Chau’s death was not detected by the Andaman and Nicobar Authorities, but was reported through an email from the American Consulate on November 19, 2018[1]; the consulate told the Island authorities that they had received information from John Chau’s mother that such an incident had taken place[2]. And, based on the email, the Andaman police registered a case under section 302/34 IPC against the tribe – basically, accusing them of murder. Zubair Ahmed has pointed out several cover-ups in the incidence. The intrusion into the territory of tribes has to be seen as a crime being committed and the case filed against the tribal members is nothing but a mockery of the regulations that are already in place. This is a stark reminder about the many lapses on the side of the authorities – of their failure to protect the tribe from such misadventures.There have been reports in the past of fishermen – both local as well as Myanmarese – found in the vicinity of the Island. Earlier, two fishermen whose country boat had drifted to the Islands in June 2006, were killed by the tribe and buried on the seashore, and the Sentinelese resisted attempts by the authorities to approach the Islands by shooting arrows.

Sentinel satans strongghold

“Satan’s Last Stronghold…?” US Man Wrote Before Death On Andaman Island[3]: The night before John Chau returned for the last time to North Sentinel Island, he struggled with a sense of fear that his death might be imminent. “I’m scared,” wrote the 26-year-old American from Washington State, who had traveled to the island on a clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity. “Watching the sunset and it’s beautiful – crying a bit . . . wondering if it will be the last sunset I see.”  His initial contacts with the Sentinelese, a tiny tribe of hunter-gatherers who reject contact with the outside world, had not gone well. One teenager shot an arrow at him, which pierced his waterproof bible. Yet Chau decided to return to the island and try again, galvanized by the feeling that he was God’s instrument. “Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had the chance to hear your name?” he wrote in a diary of his last days provided to The Washington Post by his mother. Really, it is shocking because, who is/ was he to dub Indian island as “Satan’s last stronghold” and all? “A clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity” could bring such a obnoxious attack on Indians?

John Chau letter - plan to convert-landed

Efforts to get the body: Police officials in Andaman Islands are trying to recover John Allen Chau’s body. He left the 13 pages, written in pen and pencil, with the fishermen who had transported him to the island. The morning after Chau’s final trip to the island’s shores, the fishermen saw his body being dragged and buried in the sand. Police in the city of Port Blair, the capital of India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, this week sent a helicopter and a team of officers by boat to assess whether it is possible to recover the body. U.S. diplomats are also in Port Blair to lend assistance. But, now, they abandoned for obvious reasons. So without burial, perhaps, he would not get ressurection, when the day of judgment comes! Or for him, there is no redemption.

John Chau letter - plan to convert

Clandestine mission to convert its inhabitants to Christianity: Chau’s diary reveals a portrait of a young man obsessed with the idea of bringing Christianity to the Sentinelese, who number in the dozens and have lived largely without contact from the outside world for centuries, protected from visitors by Indian law[4]. It also shows that Chau knew his mission was illegal. He wrote of maneuvering to avoid the Indian authorities who patrol the waters near North Sentinel Island. “God Himself was hiding us from the Coast Guard and many patrols,” he stated in a description of the boat journey, according to Washington Post.  It suggests that Chau knew that his trip was dangerous and illegal[5]. He had told no one about his plan to hire local fishermen to take him to the tribal area because “he did not want to put others of his friends at risk,” one of his associates, Bobby Parks, wrote his mother after his death, according to an e-mailed she shared with The Post[6].

John Chau -illegal entry-- plan to convert-landed

John Chaus’s illegal entries since 2015: John Allen Chau had made four prior trips to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands starting in 2015. Critics say his brazen violation of Indian law was selfish and put the fragile tribe at risk — potentially exposing them to modern diseases they have no immunity for. An avid traveler who graduated from Oral Roberts University, Chau had visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands four times before and was awed by the area’s natural beauty and isolation. On the boat to North Sentinel Island – traveling at night to avoid detection by authorities – Chau wrote of seeing bioluminescent plankton under a canopy of stars as fish jumped in and out of the water like “darting mermaids.” After paddling in a kayak to the island, Chau tried to engage the inhabitants by offering gifts of fish, scissors and safety pins and singing “worship songs.” A section of his diary is devoted to his impressions of the Sentinelese: He jotted down details of their language (“lots of high-pitched sounds”) and gestures. The Sentinelese fired arrows at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter that went to help after the 2004 tsunami. Toward the end of the journal, Chau wondered whether he should abandon his quest or return to the island and risk the consequences. “I think I could be more useful alive . . . but to you, God, I give all the glory of whatever happens,” Chau wrote. He asked God to forgive “any of the people on this island who try to kill me, and especially if they succeed.”

John Chau -illegal entry-body not traceable

John Allen Chau: Who was US man killed in remote islands?[7]: BBC gives information about Chau under this caption.

  1. Christian missionary: According to local officials, the 27-year-old was a Christian missionary.
  2. Adventurer: But on social media and in an interview attributed to him, Chau presented himself as an adventurer.
  3. Illegal entrant: According to reports, Chau was killed by Sentinelese tribal people after he bribed fishermen to take him to the island illegally. “Police said Chau had previously visited North Sentinel island about four or five times with the help of local fishermen,” journalist Subir Bhaumik, who has been covering the islands for years, told BBC Hindi.
  4. Paramedic: Andaman Director of the General Police Dependra Pathak told the News Minute, an Indian news website, he was told that Chau lived in the US state of Alabama and was “some kind of paramedic”.
  5. Portent killer of tribes: Advocacy group Survival International said that by contacting the community, Chau may have passed along pathogens that have the “potential to wipe-out the entire tribe” of about 50 to 150 people.

BBC makes him to be “Master of all” with dexterous capabilities[8]. Therefore, it becomes mysterious as to why he came there and what was the real intention.

John Chau -bble-rejected by sentinel

Chau met holocaust survivor and imagined himself as “Jesus Christ”!: Christian travel organization says John Chau visited Jerusalem and heard from a Holocaust survivor during a 2015 visit, which he said later had strengthened his faith[9]. While there, he worked with the university’s missions and outreach department. According to the Covenant Journey organization, which organizes trips to Israel, Chau participated in a tour of the country in August 2015. Photos posted on the organization’s website show Chau meeting with a Holocaust survivor and visiting Jerusalem. “This trip impacted my faith by opening my eyes to the complete reality of being where Jesus Christ actually had been when He was my age!” Chau wrote[10]. Chau also posted snapshots from his visit on his Instagram account. Of course, it gives his general background as, Chau was from Washington state, where he attended Vancouver Christian High School. He went on to graduate from Oral Roberts University, a Christian college in Oklahoma, in 2014, with a degree in health and exercise science.

John Chau -Satanic sentinel

The  reaction of church etc: As pointed out, the missionaries reacted in their own way. The Christian media came out with the persecution stories. The source[11], who asked not to be named, said Chau wrote that he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus on the island … Do not blame the natives if I am killed.” Chau also said in the blog: “I definitely get my inspiration for life from Jesus.” Chau made two or three trips to the island by canoe from November 15, making contact with the tribe but returning to his boat. International Christian Concern released a statement calling Chau a missionary. William Stark, ICC’s regional manager, said[12]: “We here at International Christian Concern are extremely concerned by the reports of an American missionary being murdered in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Our thoughts and prayers go out to both John’s family and friends.” The police have done duty of arresting the fishermen who took bribe from John Chau and dropped him on the island[13]. They recorded the statement also[14]. In India bribe giving and taking is also illegal. Of course, the bribe giver has gone forever and he cannot be arrested!

© Vedaprakash

27-11-2018

Location sentinel

[1] TheNewsMinute, The misplaced sympathy for John Chau exposes administrative apathy in the Andamans, Zubair Ahmed, Saturday, November 24, 2018 – 15:55 IST.

[2] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/misplaced-sympathy-john-chau-exposes-administrative-apathy-andamans-92144

[3] NDTV, Twenty-six-year-old John Allen Chau was obsessed with converting fragile islanders to Christianity, All India | (c) 2018 The Washington Post | Joanna Slater, Annie Gowen, The Washington Post | Updated: November 23, 2018 14:57 IST.

[4] https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/fear-and-faith-inside-the-last-days-of-an-us-man-john-allen-chau-killed-by-remote-tribe-1952049

[5] MSN.news,The 26-year-old American killed by an Indian tribe said God helped him reach the remote island he called ‘Satan’s last stronghold’, by Alexandra Ma, November 23, 2018.

[6] https://www.msn.com/en-xl/asia/asia-top-stories/the-26-year-old-american-killed-by-an-indian-tribe-said-god-helped-him-reach-the-remote-island-he-called-satans-last-stronghold/ar-BBQ1mcX?li=BBJDXDP – image=BBQ1mcX_1|2

[7] BBC, John Allen Chau: Who was US man killed in remote islands?, 21 November 2018.

[8]  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46293221

[9] Times of Israel, American missionary killed in India ‘grasped the humanity of Jesus’ in Israel, By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, 22 November 2018, 12:01 pm

[10] https://www.timesofisrael.com/american-missionary-killed-in-india-grasped-the-humanity-of-jesus-in-israel/

[11] South China Morning Post, Why are they so angry’: US man John Allen Chau, killed by remote Sentinel Island tribe, was trying to convert them to Christianity, Novemver 24, 2018.

[12] https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2174420/why-are-they-so-angry-us-man-john-allen-chau-killed-remote – comments

[13] Nzstuff, Seven people arrested for helping missionary John Chau before his death, Nov 24 2018, 17:54.

[14] https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/108841164/Seven-people-arrested-for-helping-missionary-John-Chau-before-his-death

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Castration as a punishment for pedophiles, child-rapists, and all rapists!

October 26, 2015

Castration as a punishment for pedophiles, child-rapists, and all rapists!

Pedophile crime increases in India - TOI graphics

Pedophile crime increases in India – TOI graphics

“Barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric models of punishment”[1]: In a strongly-worded order, the Madras High Court had earlier this month recommended castration as punishment to child sex abusers observing that “barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric models of punishment”[2]. Justice N Kirubakaran, in a recent order against a British national, made the recommendation to the Centre saying that castration would achieve “magical results” in preventing child abuse. “When law is ineffective and incapable of addressing the menace, this court cannot keep its hands folded and remain a silent spectator, unmoved and oblivious of the recent happenings of horrible blood-curdling gang rapes of children in various parts of India,” he said[3] castration for child rapists would fetch “magical” results in preventing child abuse. The judge said this while dismissing a petition by the accused, a British national, who sought the quashing of the proceedings against him in a lower court. The judge further said that “though the suggestion of castration looks barbaric, barbaric crimes should definitely attract barbaric models of punishment” and the very thought of the punishment should deter the culprit from committing the offence. Anticipating a reaction to his judgment, he said: “Those activists should first exhibit sympathy with, and support to, the victims of such crimes by visiting and consoling them at the hour of crisis instead of having misplaced sympathy with the perpetrators under the usual banner of ‘human rights violation’. They must remember that ‘human rights’ is not a term restricted to, and reserved only, for offenders.” He also directed the Union government to decide on introducing compulsory sex education for high school students. “Denying youngsters correct and scientific information would lead [them] to acquire half-baked and incorrect knowledge from other sources, like Internet, friends and movies, creating misconception and doubts.”

Childabuse-castration-Z-news depiction

Childabuse-castration-Z-news depiction

The accused paedophile has been from Britain[4]: Taking note of the number of cases of foreigners abusing children, the judge referred to the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) developed by the United Kingdom to protect children and said the visa form issued by the Indian Embassy had to be amended with the provision of a column requiring the applicants to give the details of convictions, actions warranting reprimands and impending cases. According to the prosecution in the present case, the British national, had sexually abused a 15-year old student in 2011, after befriending the family by promising the mother that he would support her son’s education. The accused eventually took the Class 9 boy to Delhi, where he allegedly abused the victim, including attempts to have sexual intercourse. After the Briton left for London, with the help of the Justice and Care Organisation, the victim filed a complaint on the incident, following which a case was registered under relevant sections of the IPC and Juvenile Justice Protection Act. After the Judicial Magistrate took cognisance of the case in 2012, following the filing of the final report, the accused moved the court seeking to quash the proceedings against him. Following the issuance of the non-bailable warrant against him, a red alert was issued against the accused by the Interpol. The accused contended that the notice was preventing him from coming to India to defend the case. The judge has dismissed his plea to quash the proceedings against him but stayed the red corner notice so that he can come to India to appear before the trial court and face the case.

Abha singh and Pramila Nesargi

Abha singh and Pramila Nesargi

The opinion of Abha Singh, social activist[5]: Welcoming the Madras High Court’s suggestion of considering castration as punishment for child rapists, two social activists on 26-10-2015, Monday said that the suggestion made to the Centre was apt as the existing Indian law is unable to protect the child from abuses. “Child abuse cases in India are increasing. The Madras High Court in one such case has come up strongly and said that the Indian law is unable to prevent child abuses. The conviction rate in child abuse cases is barely 2.4 per cent whereas the offences against children have increased by 400 per cent,” social activist Abha Singh told ANI. “When rapists are going scot-free and paedophiles are going scot-free, a Madras High Court judge has rightly suggested that there should be castration. Many other countries like UK, USA, Polland and many other countries subscribe to castration and it has been seen that it has been successful in checking the paedophiles,” she added.

Mumbai orphanage - Duncan Grant and Allan Waters

Mumbai orphanage – Duncan Grant and Allan Waters

What Pramila Nesargi opined[6]: Another social activist and lawyer Pramila Nesargi echoing similar sentiments expressed her delight with the Madras High Court judge’s suggestion. “I always advocated that castration can be the only remedy because the existing law is not creating any fear in the minds of the people. People may call it barbaric but judge has openly said that barbaric punishment should be given for barbaric crimes,” Nesargi told ANI. However, when such cases were reported earlier, the activists were not responding. In Indian society, the social aberrations have been introduced or created due to external factors, distorting the existing social system and institutions. The offenders have been escaping under the newly created laws with the crimes committed before the enactment.  The sociologists, psychologists and other researchers opine based on these incidences, which are happening in a country with 1.2 billion population. As so many external and internal factors have been disturbing, the people also get affected. Allowing modern evils at one side, supporting them under the guise of  human rights and so on and crying wolf about eroding moral values have been the characteristics of  the commentators on Indian society.

Duncan Grant and Allan waters british pedophiles- Mumbai

Duncan Grant and Allan waters british pedophiles- Mumbai

Dilemma of Indian society caught in many social issues: In India, most of the child-rapists or paedophiles have been foreigners. The number of child abuse cases has increased from 38,172 in 2012 to 58,224 in 2013 and to 89,423 in 2014. Incidentally in 2013, at the height of the protests in the capital over the Nirbhaya case, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had similarly called for death or chemical castration for rapists through amendments in Central laws[7]. As Bangalore has been prone to foreigners satisfying their needs, issues have been alive in the case of pubs, pub-dancing, soliciting and other activities, which might be viewed and interpreted differently. Of the 51 cases of child abuse under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in the special court for children in Bengaluru, only four have ended in convictions. More than 90% charged under the Pocso Act are acquitted due to lack of evidence and when witnesses turn hostile[8]. Not that evidences were not there, but, the manipulators could influence the involved processes. As example, it is mentioned that children migrating from Tamil Nadu and northern India to the city are the main victims of child abuse whose cases are tried in the session court. Most of these children live with their mothers and fall prey to step-fathers and other offendes. Most abusers are between 25 years and 50 years. The youngest victim so far is just a year old. But, this could be the situation for all Indian children. The highest number of FIRs has been registered in Rajasthan followed by Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala according to data available with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The number of convictions is only 166 that is 2.4% of the total cases registered while in 389 cases accused were acquitted[9].

Eric Martin and Wilhelmus Weijdeveld arrested in Madras

Eric Martin and Wilhelmus Weijdeveld arrested in Madras

Madras / Chennai has been haven for paedophiles: For inexplicable reasons or otherwise, Chennai has seen many international paedophiles got arrested. The locals have also been aiding and abetting such offenders and promoting social crimes. The manipulation of cyber-space has been revealed in many acts. Child rights activists in Chennai have forced authorities to shut down two Facebook pages in Tamil created to attract pedophiles in May 2015. The pages, called ‘chinna ponnu karpazhipom‘ and ‘chinna ponnu veriyargal’ which in Tamil roughly translates to ‘young girl having sex’, had photographs of young girls with a number of sexually explicit comments.

Offending facebook sites in Chennai

Offending facebook sites in Chennai

They were spotted by social activists who immediately contacted the authorities to take it down, CNN-IBN reports[10]. 53-year-old Eric Martin alias Jack Fernandes , convicted for raping nine girls in 1998,  had gained entry into India through Nepal and was staying in Madhavaram in Chennai. He had been on the run ever since he was convicted in France and was on Interpol’s Wanted list[11], but arrested in Chennai on November 17, 2010.

Pedophiles arrested in Chennai

Pedophiles arrested in Chennai

Patrick Matthews, a 62-year-old UK national who was accused of sexually abusing several boys of St George Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in the city between 2003 and 2006, has been arrested by the UK police in August 2009. Sources told TOI that the police arrested Matthews from the UK on Thursday night based on evidences collected from Chennai[12]. Wilhelmus Weijdeveld, the 56-year-old Dutch national now in prison facing charges of child sexual abuse and supplying child pornography, had found that India suited him best’ and even filed for citizenship as early as in 1999, thwarting the attempts of the police to drive him away from the country. He even filed a writ petition against the state of Tamil Nadu, after the Mamallapuram police asked him to leave the country. It was only after three years, on May 02, 2002, that he was arrested for sexually abusing five boys in an orphanage near Mamallapuram. Out on bail, Wilhelmus was arrested again from his Choolaimedu den in Chennai on November 7, 2009 following an Interpol tip-off that he was uploading child pornography on the internet[13].  These are given only for illustrative purpose, as many cases have been reported regularly, and most of them been from the orphanages run by the missionaries in and around Chennai. Therefore, the Judge must have been aware of such incidences. Stringent legislation was the need of the hour to penalise child sexual abuse via the Internet, said Chief Justice of India, Justice P. Sathasivam[14], while inaugurating  two day Southern regional conference on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO Act, 2012)’, in Chennai, in November 2013.  Therefore, castration as punishment to them, as proposed has been the logical conclusion.

Vedaprakash

26-10-2015

[1] The Hindu, To put an end to abuse of children, HC suggests castration of rapists, Chennai, October 26.2015; Updated: October 26, 2015 03:08 IST.

[2] http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/child-rapists-must-be-castrated-madras-hc-to-centre_1814541.html

[3] http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/madras-high-court-recommends-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/story-6VzVFQUeYYkdIuyF1kXOvK.html

[4] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/to-put-an-end-to-abuse-of-children-hc-suggests-castration-of-rapists/article7803693.ece

[5] Business Standard, Recommending castration for paedophiles is apt, say social activists, The number of child abuse cases has increased from 58,224 in 2013 to 89,423 in 2014, ANI ,  Mumbai October 26, 2015 Last Updated at 11:46 IST.

[6] http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/recommending-castration-for-paedophiles-is-apt-say-social-activists-115102600205_1.html

[7] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Castrating-child-rapists-best-solution-for-sex-offences-says-Madras-HC/articleshow/49531482.cms

[8] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/More-than-90-acquitted-in-child-abuse-cases/articleshow/49308684.cms?

[9] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Eight-cases-of-child-abuse-every-day-but-conviction-rate-at-an-abysmal-2-4/articleshow/47996454.cms

[10] http://www.firstpost.com/india/after-activists-outrage-facebook-shuts-down-two-tamil-pages-aimed-at-attracting-pedophiles-2232844.html

[11] http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/french-paedophile-arrested-in-chennai-439545

[12] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Abuser-of-city-school-kids-held-in-UK/articleshow/4843819.cms

[13] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Dutch-child-abuser-found-India-suitable-wanted-citizenship/articleshow/5221039.cms

[14] http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131117/news-current-affairs/article/chief-justice-india-cautions-net-child-sex-abuse