School attacked in Chhattisgarh, India

  January 31, 2012

  Chhattisgarh, Korba

  Intimidation, Threats and Harassment

Nirmala Convent School was surrounded by a group of Hindutva fundamentalists on January 31st in Korba, Chhattisgarh.

A newly constructed school building was being inaugurated when suddenly at around 10.30 am a group of radicals belonging to the RSS entered the school raising slogans and disrupted the inauguration ceremony. The radicals accused the school of conversions.

The outburst of the above incident was on the pretext of a school student carrying a bag in the premises. When noticed and questioned the student stated that he is carrying an idol of “Saraswati” (a Hindu goddess of knowledge) and is going to perform “pooja” in the class. During all this the Hindu activists were standing outside the premises.

The police came at the school and the Sub Divisional Officer, ordered that the pooja be conducted and told Sister Mary, the Principal of the Nirmala Convent, to conduct the pooja. When she refused, a Hindu Teacher was told to conduct the pooja in her place.

Thereafter, a local cable T V Channel “Abhi Tak” kept repeatedly telecasting false news that the idol of the Hindu Goddess has been desecrated by the Christians in the Convent school. An attempt to lodge the complain against the Channel was ignored by the police even when they kept telecasting the fabricated news for the next 48 hours.

Source: EFI News
Despite the repeated attempts by the school authorities, no case has been registered against the radicals.

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