Mumbai Catholic organisations postpone 'prayerful' protest against 'Agnes of God' play
Catholic organisations protesting against the play Agnes of God, that allegedly was hurting its sentiments have postponed its protest and have also cancelled their Sunday's prayer protest
Catholic organisations protesting against the play Agnes of God, that allegedly was hurting its sentiments have postponed its protest and have also cancelled their Sunday's prayer protest.
A letter issued by the organisations written to Senior police inspector of Bandra Police station says that the protest has been postponed.
"Based on the assurances given by the police that an F I R will be registered in the next few days the prayerful protest against the play 'Agnes of God' has been kept on hold and today's prayerful protest has been cancelled," said, Judith Monteiro, Secretary of one of the protesting organisation.
A prayerful protest is when people walk in protest carrying rosary and singing hymns. The protest in Mumbai was a walk from St Andrews to Bandra Police station, where at the end the protestors were going to handover a bouquet of flowers to the police and ask them to register the complaint.
The Catholic organisation started a protest against the play, after the advertisement of the play featured in a newspaper towards the end of September. Post this the Catholic organisation even met the minority minister, Eknath Khadse to stall the play, but then as it had a censor certificate, the minister couldn't do anything.
John Pielmeier’s play is based on the true story of a nun who gives birth to a child and claims she is a virgin. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) had called for a ban, arguing that it was an inaccurate representation of the clergy, who are committed to a life of celibacy.
'Agnes of God' was originally meant to open on Monday at Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Breach Candy, but the show was cancelled by auditorium authorities on September 30.
Post this, the show was finally screened at NCPA on October 5.