Police officers arrested 16 radical Hindus that are considered responsible for the attack to the Catholic school Holy Cross di Hazaribagh, in Jharkhand – northeast of country – yesterday. More than 60 militants of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (Abvp) – student wing of the government party Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp, nationalist Hindus) broke into a high school and ordered to the authorities of the school to close the institute. “Extremists attacked Christian institutions because they cannot bear the help they give to poor and oppressed people,” explained Sajan K. George – the president of Global Council of Indian Christians (Gcic) – to Asianews.
According to some eyewitness, the police watched the attackers without taking action. Radical Hindus of ABVP kicked chairs and door and asked to one of the nuns running the school why there was not a statue of Saraswati (Hindu goddess of knowledge) and photo of the PM Narendra Modi, instead of the one of Saint Francis.
“For centuries – said Sajan to Asianews – Christian educational institutions have been working for the country and are the ones with the highest level of education, the best formation of personality and the teaching of values that guarantee an holistic growth”.
According to the president of GCIC, these extremists group “target Christian institutions because they serve poor and outcast people, they make them independent thanks to education, and through education they encourage dignity, development and progress
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa