Saffron activists went on a rampage on Saturday, vandalising the property of a school in Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district, after a warden of the Christian school’s hostel was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a 10-year-old inmate of the hostel.
John Kuttikatil (30), the warden of St. Joseph Bal Bhavan (children’s hostel), was arrested on Saturday following a |complaint by the boy and his parents.
Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) demanded cancellation of the Lisieux Anand Higher Secondary School’s affiliation with the state board.
The school is in Panna town, around 410 km north-east of Bhopal.
Three people, including the VHP district president and former district president of the BJYM, were arrested on charges of breach of peace and causing damage to property.
The investigating officer told Hindustan Times that the police acted on the complaint of the victim, a student of the school.
The boy has been sent for medical examination. The police said the boy had alleged that he was repeatedly abused for the past year and was abused on Thursday night.
Madhya Pradesh Catholic Church spokesperson Anand Muttungal said the allegation seemed to be a “well-orchestrated conspiracy” to tarnish the school’s image.