India: Christian school attacked and vandalized

December 9, 2021

Many Hindus believe that conversion to Christianity is an attack on their culture and way of life, and an imminent threat to both, despite the fact that Christianity has been a presence in India since the days of St. Thomas the Apostle. Instances such as the one described below are the result.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in India, see here.

“Day after attack on school in MP, Christian religious leaders raise issue with state’s home minister,” New Indian Express, December 7, 2021:

BHOPAL: Day after a Christian Missionary school St Joseph School was allegedly attacked and vandalized by right-wing Hindu outfits activists and local residents in Ganj Basoda town of Madhya Pradesh, the Christian community religious leaders raised the issue with state’s home minister Narottam Mishra in Bhopal on Tuesday.

“As Indians, we take pride in our country’s unique culture of unity in diversity. In the 75th year of the country’s independence, when we are celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsava, some institutions of our community have come under attack by anti-social elements. This pains us and makes our people feel insecure and unsafe. We raised the issue with the state’s home minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday and the minister has assured us appropriate action in the matter,” AAS Durairaj, the Archbishop of Bhopal Archdiocese said on Tuesday….

On Sunday, right-wing Hindu outfits activists and local residents had barged into the St Joseph School in Ganj Basoda town (110 km from Bhopal) and pelted stones and vandalized property in the school premises, alleging religious conversion of eight poor Hindu children by the school.

The attack at the school by the violent mob happened when Class XII students were taking their Mathematics exam inside. The students had a narrow escape in the attack as they were shifted on time to another part of the school.

The school administration, however, has denied all allegations of having religiously converted eight children.