Jesus with beer pics spark row

New Delhi : The Catholic Church on Friday banned in all its member schools a New Delhi-based publisher for printing pictures of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer can in another in a book for primary classes in Meghalaya.

The Skyline Publication in the national capital published the pictures in the cursive handwriting exercise books for students of Class I.

“The CBCI has written to all its member schools across the country to ban this publisher,” said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) spokesman, Mr Babu Joseph, here.

The Church also asked the government to take strict action against the publisher and ban such objectionable publications from all schools.

Meanwhile, responding to the outrage caused by the book, the Meghalaya police on Friday registered a case against the publisher and seized around 123 books carrying the objectionable picture.

“We have registered a case under Section 295 (A) of the IPC against Skyline Publication for hurting religious sentiments. We have seized around 123 books from the distributor as well as the school where it was supplied,” the DSP, Mr Vivek Syiem, said. — IANS

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