Brother Mohan C Lazarus clarifies on recent controversy over alleged remarks on Hindu Temples
"No other state in India has as many structures for Satan as Tamil Nadu does. Why does Satan have such a stronghold in TN? No other state has as many temples and Satanic structures."
These are statements are the key points on Brother Mohan C Lazarus of the Thoothukudi based Jesus Redeems Ministries in a video that has now become viral on social media. These statements, allegedly part of a longer hate speech has resulted in three separate cases being filed against the preacher by the Coimbatore rural police on the basis of complaints by BJP and VHP leaders.
The cases have been filed in the Karumathampatti, Sulur and Pollachi police stations in Coimbatore district. The police are yet to find the exact date of the speech and are only aware that it has been doing the rounds on social media for the last week. But reports suggest that the video is from March 2016. They have booked the compliant under Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code. A BJP leader filed the cases at Karumathampatti and Sulur while a VHP leader filed the case in Pollachi.
Mohan C Lazarus is a well-known evangelist in the state. He has several videos uploaded on Youtube and has reportedly appeared in TV shows as well.
Responding to the above compliant, Evangelist Mohan C Lazarus has explained that “Video that has became viral on social media is spoken in closed congregation and not to the general public. Moreover, this video is not in full length in-order to understand the full context of my message addressed to the closed christian leaders.
Source: The Hindu