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Hindu radicals have consistently targeted Christians in an attempt to squash all non-Hindu religions in India. In addition to physical attacks on individuals, social boycotts against communities, and church attacks, radicals are now targeting Christian schools. Hindu radicals do not want minority religions to receive quality education from non-Hindu institutions so radicals are attempting to discredit Christian schools’ reputations. False accusations of sexual assault in addition to school attacks are becoming more frequent. The most recent attack occurred on September 15 when a mob attacked St. Anthony’s Convent School after a student committed suicide, reportedly due to harassment from the teacher. There is no evidence of harassment but that did not stop the mob from attacking the school.      

10/03/2017 India (UCA News) – The recent attack on a Catholic school in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state following the suicide of a student was the latest example of engineered violence designed to tarnish Christian missions in the country, church leaders have said.

An angry mob on Sept. 15 attacked St. Anthony’s Convent School in Gorakhpur town after an 11-year-old boy committed suicide.

The boy reportedly left a note saying he had taken the extreme step because of harassment by his teacher. Police arrested the teacher as an angry mob threw stones and damaged school property.

“This is not a one-off incident,” said Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur, who is based in Madhya Pradesh state. “Christian schools often become the target of mob violence in northern Indian states, where Christians are a minority.”

Several schools and missionaries in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states have recently come under attack. The attacks are part of an organized campaign by Hindu nationalist groups to tarnish the image of Christians, which also involve false accusations against missionaries, the bishop said.

Christians in these state form a minuscule percentage of the local population and is much less than the national 2.3 percent of India’s 1.25 billion population.

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