Friday, September 29, 2006

Pressure from Christian leaders: Police cancel study tour of media persons to convent schools

Posted on 28 September, 2006
Panvel: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has started a campaign against St. Mary’s School at Panvel for hurting feelings of Hindus. HJS has been receiving complaints about even other missionary schools. In this background, a tour of all convent schools was organized; the police have, however, given in to the pressure put by Christian leaders and cancelled this study tour of mediapersons.

It has been learnt that Abraham Mathai, the President of all-India Christian Council was trying very hard for past few days, for cancellation of the tour. After receiving complaints from parents against St. Mary’s School, HJS lodged complaints with the Education Minister, Panvel City Police station and officials in the Education Department. HJS has stated in its complaint that not only at St. Mary’s School but also other convent schools like St. George, St. Joseph and Ryan International, feelings of Hindus are being trampled.

A tour was therefore, arranged of mediapersons to find the facts. But Shri. Raokar, the spokesperson of HJS for Raigad district was continuously getting calls from the police to cancel the proposed tour. When mediapersons gathered near the St. Mary’s School, the police from entering the school stopped them. When they contacted the senior police officials, they were asked to cancel their tour immediately. They were also warned that if still they try to conduct their tour, complaints would be filed against them. All the mediapersons were therefore, furious and opined that it was throttling of democracy.

Source: Daily Sanatan Prabhat


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