Sanal Edamaruku, an Indian skeptic, went to Mumbai and revealed that a “miraculous” weeping cross was really just a bit of statuary located near a leaky drain whose liquid reached it by way of capillary action. The local Catholic Church demanded that he retract his statements, and when he refused, they had him arrested for blasphemy.
Yesterday (10th April,2012) Sanal received a phone call from a Police official of Juhu Police Station in Mumbai directing him to come to the said police station to face the charges and get arrested.
Tip: SLSingh on Twitter
Several online bloggers attempted to get the news out about Sanal’s arrest.
Letter from Sanal Edamaruka defence committee
Immediate Release-Rationalist under threat of arrest for exposing the “miracle”
But, having this out on Boing Boing IS HUGE!!! It’s wonderful exposure. As the letter from his defense committee explains:
..threatening to arrest a well known rationalist who has been exposing miracles and superstitious beliefs for more than three decades is a serious attack on the freedom of expression.
Clause (h) of Article 51-A of Constitution of India states that :
‘It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to develop the scientific temper, humanism and spirit of inquiry and reform.’
In exposing the said miracle, Sanal was performing his fundamental duty enshrined in our constitution.
It is distressing that the Mumbai police has chosen to harass and victimize him for doing his fundamental duty.
A video of Sanal Edamaruku explaining the weeping cross: