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Fundamentalist mobs attack Christian schools


Two Christian schools in the western state of Gujarat are reported to have been the target of fundamentalist groups.

The Tablet reports that the cause of the attacks is alleged to have been a directive issued by school managements forbidding teachers and students from putting bindis, or caste marks, on their foreheads.

On 16 July a mob stormed Hosanna Missionary School in Ahmedabad and burnt an effigy of the school principal, Fr Finny, who has denied having ever issued such directives. A similar incident was reported from St Mary's School near Rajkot.

The All India Christian Council (AICC) has now sought the intervention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Gujarat, which is ruled by the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, has had more attacks on Christians than any other state.

A judicial commission of Kerala's former Communist-led coalition government has acquitted Fr Geo Pulickal and other members of Nirlmalagiri Christian College in Kannur district of charges brought against them. These were described as baseless and politically motivated.

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Tablet


7-Aug-01