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Hindu mob attacks Catholic school in southern India

The mob objected to the principal questioning some students for wearing religious costumes instead of school uniform
Members of a hardline Hindu group staged a protest on the premises of St. Mother Teresa English Medium School in Kannepally Village in Telangana state on April 16.

Members of a hardline Hindu group staged a protest on the premises of St. Mother Teresa English Medium School in Kannepally Village in Telangana state on April 16. (Photo: snehadana.org)

Published: April 17, 2024 11:13 AM GMT
Updated: April 17, 2024 11:19 AM GMT

A hardline Hindu group has vandalized a Catholic school and assaulted a priest in southern India after a few students were questioned for attending classes wearing religious costumes instead of the school uniform.

A mob wearing saffron shirts and shawls around their neck forced their way into St. Mother Teresa English Medium School in Kannepally village in Telangana state's Mancherial district on April 16.

They broke glass windows and flower pots while chanting “Jai Shri Ram” (hail lord Ram) and pelted stones on the statue of St. Mother Teresa at the main gates. They then staged a sit-in inside the school premises.

The mob even attacked Father Jaimon Joseph, the school manager.

“Some of them slapped and threw punches at me while others attacked me from behind,”  the priest, a member of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS), told UCA News on April 17.

The members of the mob accused the school management of not permitting Hindu students to wear their religious costumes, an allegation that was described as misleading.

“The school principal found a few students attending classes wearing religious dress and questioned them,” Joseph said.

They informed him that it was part of a 21-day special religious observance, the priest added.

The principal merely asked them to bring their parents to school to know more.

However, one of the students uploaded a video accusing the principal and the priest of refusing to allow students to wear religious dress.

“As the video footage circulated on social media, close to 1,000 people reached the school and vandalized it,” Joseph said.

He said that the school management has lodged a complaint with local police, but no arrests have been made yet.

Instead, the police have gone ahead and registered a case against the school management for hurting religious sentiments.

“Legal recourse will be taken to deal with the case,” Joseph added.

Telangana is ruled by a secular Congress government, which has deployed members of the Central Reserve Police Force to protect the school after the protests and threats.

Christians make up close to 2 percent of Telangana’s 35 million population, more than 80 percent of whom are Hindus.

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2 Comments on this Story
JOHN MASCARENHAS
ALL CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS MUST NOT ACCEPT HINDU STUDENTS UNLESS THEIR PARENTS AGREE TO FOLLOW THE SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS! IT IS A SHAME THAT POLICE IN A CONGRESS RUN STATE DID NOTHING TO PROTECT THE SCHOOL OR THE PRIEST FROM THE CRIMINALS AND INSTEAD HAVE BOOKED A CASE AGAINST THE PRIEST. STUDENTS CANNOT GO TO SCHOOL WEARING RELIGIOUS OUTFITS! THAT IS THE RULE!!! THE UNEDUCATED HINDU TALIBAN DO NOT KNOW SCHOOL RULES AND TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK CHRISTIANS AS CHRISTIANS ARE SOFT TARGETS AND DO NOT RETALIATE.
MICHAEL
I think is because of ,lack of education and political interfearance in school administrstion.as ministers and bhakts of bjp want to defame the catholic schools and institutes .educated hindus will never do that and there sre thousands who studied in these schools and doing well in life.some of them have migrsted to foregin countries as they too sre fedup of this type of dirty politics.RSS ,VHP ,BD etc are the trouble makers in near future these organisatations will be banned by the hindus themselves.prayers are the only solution and hindus only can solve this type of actions.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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