Four days after the principal of a Christian missionary school was arrested and a crowd of irate parents and others vandalised the school, the archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza blamed the Mamata Banerjee government for “complete inaction” of the police in controlling the rampaging mob.
The violence was sparked on Thursday following the death of class 5 student Oindrilla Das of Christ Church School allegedly due to shock and trauma after she was locked in a school toilet for hours by some seniors for refusing to pay them Rs. 100.
“Our sympathy, condolences and prayers are with the bereaved family. But nothing can justify the vandalism that followed in Christ Church School, that too in the presence of the police. And hence we have decided to observe a Black Day on September 19. All the Christian minority schools and colleges in the state will remain closed on the day to protest the incident,” D’Souza said.
Rev. Abir Adhikari, honorary secretary of the Diocese of Calcutta, said, “The headmistress was forced by the police to resign because they were being pressurised by the mob to obtain her resignation. This should not have happened. There is no question of accepting her resignation. She has got bail today. Let her take rest and spend time with her family. The school governing body will meet soon to decide the next course of action.”
A joint rally by various minority organisations will be held in Kolkata on September 26 to condemn the vandalism at Christ Church School.