Hindus shocked as Papua New Guinea disallows Durga worship for being “morally inappropriate”

    02-Oct-2021   
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Hindus have urged Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape to apologize for the reported derogatory comments made by PNG Constabulary Commissioner regarding goddess Durga worship and grant permission to hold the prayer event in Port Moresby within existing COVID-19 parameters and protocols. 

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According to reports; David Manning, MBE, Controller of National Pandemic Response and Commissioner of the Royal PNG Constabulary, in a letter to Port Moresby Durga Puja Committee dated September 18, termed prayers for goddess Durga (Durga Puja) as “morally inappropriate” and stating "As such, APPROVAL IS NOT GRANTED to host this event" (October 12-17). There seemed to be no mention of COVID-19 risks in this denial letter. In another letter on September 29, he apologized for comments in the earlier denial letter stating: “The reason for the non-approval was based on the risk of COVID-19 transmission associated with gatherings of people”.
 
In Hinduism, the highly revered goddess Durga is considered the saviour of the world from evil. “Durga Puja” (worship of Durga) festival is held in her honour.