Christians condemn attack on Loreto Convent
Christians in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday said their community did not believe in "occult practices".india Updated: Sep 13, 2006 20:40 IST
Condemning the attack allegedly by BJP youth wing workers on the Loreto convent school in Lucknow, where a seance was recently held, Christians in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday said their community did not believe in "occult practices".
"The Loreto school conducted a prayer session on September 10 in which the staff participated," Church of North India pastor William Joseph, pentecostal pastor Sunder Lal and Punjab Christian Front president Lawrance Chaudhry told reporters.
"The school management informed the students regarding the prayer session but stressed that it was not compulsory for anyone to attend. Some students volunteered to attend the service. The attackers alleged that an occult session was held, but Christian doctrines outrightly condemn such practices," they said.
"Before intruding into the privacy of a private chapel, a place of worship, the attackers and their leaders should have been led by their common sense instead of laying siege on the institution (Loreto)," they said.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Tikshan Sud said, a private member Bill—'Punjab Freedom of Religion'—would be moved in the state Assembly by the BJP MLAs to check conversions.
Accusing the school authorities of converting its students, BJP youth wing activists last Sunday allegedly ransacked the Loreto convent and damaged school properties.
Sud said there was a provision in the Bill to seek prior permission from the concerned District Magistrate before converting the religion of a person.
The Bill, he claimed, would be discussed in the upcoming session of the Assembly.