Hope peace will be permanent after Ayodhya verdict: Archbishop

Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, on Saturday said he had been following the Ayodhya title suits with interest and hoped peace would prevail permanently after the Allahabad High Court order.

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2010, 00:27 AM IST

Kolkata: Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan
Williams, on Saturday said he had been following the Ayodhya title
suits with interest and hoped peace would prevail permanently
after the Allahabad High Court order.

"I have been following this case with keen interest.
The most wonderful thing is the peaceful outcome of the case.
I hope this peace will be permanent," the Archbishop, who is
the Head of the Church of England, told reporters here.
Asked to give his views on corporal punishment
especially in the wake of the controversy surrounding death of
Rauvanjit Rawla who allegedly committed suicide after being
caned by the principal of La Martiniere school run by the
Church of North India, he said "I would not like to say much
about this particular case as it is subjudice. But like in
India, corporal punishment is punishable by law in England."
Williams, who is on a 16-day tour of India, said he
was aware of reports of attack on Christian missionaries in
various parts of the country. "I would be concerned about
these attacks as I would be over similar attacks on people of
other communities."

Stating that he had been reading about Kolkata since
his student days, he said he was eager to travel to
Santiniketan during this visit, but would not be able to do so
because of shortage of time.

PTI