Complaint Lodged for Derogatory Comments against Bishop Gerald Lobo on Social Media
Udupi: In response to the derogatory post in social media against the Bishop of Udupi Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, the Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh has submitted an appeal to the District Police Officer of Udupi.
On 19 January 2020 Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo had inaugurated the historic Diocesan level Samudayotsava 2020. Picking up some passages from the speech of the Bishop, a person named Mohan Salian has posted derogatory remarks about the Bishop on FaceBook.
Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo is the head of the Catholic community in Udupi Diocese. Hence, any derogatory remarks against the Bishop is considered as an insult to the entire Catholic community of the district. The derogatory post by Mohan Salian has gone viral which could vitiate the social atmosphere and may lead to disturbing communal harmony.
In its appeal to the Police Officials, the Catholic Sabha has stressed on the fact that the Christian community has been living in peace and harmony in the Udupi District. Under these circumstances, certain individuals have been making attempts to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere by smear campaign on social media. The Catholic Sabha on behalf of the entire Christian community has urged the authorities to take appropriate legal steps and prevent recurrences of such misuse of social media against the community.
Alwyn Quadros, President of Catholic Sabha, Udupi Pradesh, Santosh Cornelio, Secretary, Gerald D’Souza, Treasurer, Walter Cyril Pinto, former President, Mary D’Souza, former President of Udupi Denary and others were present.
A case has been registered against Mohan Salian in the Udupi Town Police Station as well as at the Sen Police Station.