Drop blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamaruku
  • Petitioned Mr. Prithviraj Chavan

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra
Mr. Prithviraj Chavan
Prime Minister, Republic of India
Dr. Manmohan Singh

Drop blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamaruku

    1. Petition by

      Rationalist Association

Sanal Edamaruku, a prominent rationalist campaigner for scientific education in India, faces blasphemy charges and a possible prison sentence following unfounded complaints made against him by various Catholic organisations in March 2012.

The charges stem from Mr. Edamaruku's debunking of a supposed miracle at a Catholic Church in Mumbai - a statue thought to be 'leaking holy water' was revealed, by Mr. Edamruku, to be leaking water from a faulty drainage system.

Having been denied "anticipatory bail", he faces immediate imprisonment if he is arrested, and a possible three-year sentence if convicted. In the 12 months since the complaints were filed, the Catholic authorities in India have rejected all calls to use their influence to have the case dropped, and Mr. Edamaruku remains at serious risk of arrest and imprisonment.

We call upon the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, to protect freedom of speech in India and do all they can to intercede to ensure these spurious charges against Mr. Edamaruku are dropped. It is vital that he is allowed to contuinue his important public work without further harassment and danger to his freedom and security.

Further details about Mr. Edamaruku's case can be found on the Rationalist Association's website.

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    Reasons for signing

      • 9 months ago

      I am a Secular Humanist, and this is an obscene act of aggression.

    • Julie Rose ORILLIA, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Freedom of Speech must be protected.

      • 10 months ago

      A miracle (holy water coming out of a statue) of this sort is a blasphemy on Human Beings.

    • Rohan Khanna INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      He is an important man to the community. arresting someone on a blasphemy charge is unconstitutional.

    • Palash Chanda CALCUTTA, INDIA
      • 10 months ago

      There is no respectful way of uncovering treachery and fraud. Why not put these 'holy' rascals behind bars instead of Mr. Edamaruku?


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