A pastor in Pune endorsed ”sacred" oil accompanied by chanting "blood of Jesus" for 100 times to keep the virus at bay. The claim made by Pastor Perter Silway along with his wife Jayashree Silway, both has run a Church called Vineyard Workers' Church at Dapodi town.
Milind Deshmukh, State Chief Secretary of Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti MANS, said, "This is hypocrisy in the name of god. What will happen to an infected person if he/she relies on such remedies — thus keeping self away from treatment and isolation? These people will give rise to another disaster by spreading this contagious disease. Given the circumstances, we have appealed to authorities concerned for action against those who are disseminating wrong messages."
He then criticised the pastor's agenda, saying that he had been rallying his point even as Vatican City is closed. "This pastor had also refused to accept Rs 21 lakh challenge given by late Narendra Dabholkar. He has not been able to cure illness through prayers," he said.
MANS demanded action against the community leader by explaining how he violated the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013.
In the video, Peter Silway is seen talking about how spirituality will curb the coronavirus outbreak at a time when there is no medicine available. Herein, he especially suggests the application of "sacred" oil while chanting "blood of Jesus".
According to media reports, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said, "Any attempt to create confusion among the people will not be tolerated. We are equipped with enough powers under the Epidemic Act to legally act against such people."