Police Deployed to Protect Christian Schools from Hindu Radicals in India

ICC Note:

Police have been deployed to two Christian schools in India’s Madhya Pradesh state to protect them from the threats of Hindu radicals. Earlier in the week, Hindu radicals threatened to raid St. Mary’s College in Vidisha. Police were called in to foil these threats by Hindu radicals with the leader of their group being arrested on Monday. The hostility shown to these Christians schools is a new development in Madhya Pradesh which has seen a lot of anti-Christian violence in the past year. Will police have to continue to protect these Christian schools or will the situation soon be resolved? 

01/18/2018 India (UCAN) – Hundreds of policemen were deployed to guard two Catholic educational institutions in India’s Madhya Pradesh state this week amid alleged threats from Hindu hardliners.

The move came as the Madhya Pradesh Catholic Diocesan Schools’ Association sought protection from the state high court for all its educational institutions following threats against them by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student body of the ruling pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party.

Church officials say the group is trying to whip up hostility against the Christian institutions for not allowing its members onto their campuses to perform Hindu rites and other activities.

Police were sent to guard St. Mary’s College in Vidisha on Jan. 15 after the ABVP set a Jan. 16 deadline for college authorities to allow its members to conduct Hindu prayers inside the college grounds.

Police foiled a previous bid on Jan. 4.

“The government provided full security to the college,” said college director Father Shaju Devassy.

Policemen were also sent to guard St. Joseph Convent School in Jhabua Diocese after ABVP activists threatened to storm it after accusing the school of disciplining several students for shouting patriotic slogans.

Hindu hardliners are accused of trying to establish a Hindu only state by using extreme nationalism as a major tactic.

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