Advocate Cyril Dara, Secretary- Christian Reform United People Association (CRUPA) demanded reopening of Blind Working Men's Hostel run by Salvation Army Church (SAC). The Hostel was located at Byculla, Mumbai. The Hostel was closed down on June 26, 2020, due to lockdown in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Although the Government has allowed the resumption of work places, SAC has not yet reopened the Hostel.
On Facebook, Christian activist Cyril Dara said that along with Hanif Shaikh, Pramod Gajhbhiv and William Gajbhiv, he met officials of the SAC and requested to reopen the Hostel for the inmates. But officials refused to comment on when the Blind Hostel will reopen. During the meeting, SAC officials said that there was a lack of funds to run the Hostel.
Cyril Dara further said that although we gave an assurance that we will arrange funds to run the Hostel, SAC officials had not replied properly and cited other irrelevant issues and tried to justify why the Hostel cannot be reopened immediately.
Cyril Dara alleged that the officials of SAC are working against the aim of the Church and teachings of the Bible and Jesus. Through social media, he appealed people to fight for the justice and protection of the blind inmates of the Hostel.
The Salvation Army is a Christian Church and an international organization. The SAC was founded in 1865 in London by one-time Methodist circuit-preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian Mission. Its highest priority is its Christian principles.