Rising Threats to Missionary Schools in India: Radical Hindus Demanding the Remove of Christian Symbols

Farrukh Saif

February 29, 2024

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A new poster in the northeastern state of Assam, India, is demanding the removal of Christian symbols from Missionary schools. The poster, issued by a radical Hindu group called Sanmilito Sanatan Samaj on February 23, serves as a final warning. It urges the removal of statues and crosses from Christian-run schools in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, and Jorhat.

The poster, written in Assamese, the state’s official language, warns against using schools as religious institutions and insists on removing religious figures like Jesus Christ and Mary from school premises. In Guwahati, the posters appeared at Don Bosco School and St. Mary’s School, demanding missionaries should not make education as a way to Convert Hindus.

Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati suspects this group with a different name may be making the same demand, testing their patience. Similar posters were found in Dibrugarh at Don Bosco High School and Jorhat at Carmel School. Posters were also discovered in the towns of Barpeta and Sivasagar.

Father Mathew Anchukandam, who is the archdiocesan vicar-general, stated that Christian schools sought police protection and filed complaints with the state government after similar posters were put up on February 18.  He further added that a pro-Hindu group known as Kutumba Suraksha Parishad not only demands the removal of Christian symbols but also asks priests, nuns, and religious brothers not to wear their religious dresses and crosses in schools.

According to Church officials, the poster resurfaced after the deadline set by the Hindu group. In Assam, Christians have actively participated in providing education, especially in remote areas where tribal people and Dalits reside.

Thousands of Children are getting an education in missionary Schools. If in case the schools were facing any such issues, this could impact badly on Children’s Education. Many of the Leaders of Catholic churches in India are worrying over this rising situation. The government of India should prevent any incident of this kind which can destroy the educational system.

Thousands of children are currently receiving education in missionary schools. The issues like these schools could detrimental impact on the education of these children. Leaders within the Catholic churches in India are expressing worry about the escalating situation. It is crucial for the government of India to proactively prevent any such incidents that could potentially undermine the educational system.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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