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? some stick to ground test

On Monday, it was a crowd of anxious parents and nervous students outside the Loreto Convent (LC). The ?occult obsession? was not on their minds, but exams were.

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 00:17 IST

On Monday, it was a crowd of anxious parents and nervous students outside the Loreto Convent (LC). The ‘occult obsession’ was not on their minds, but exams were.

With the half-yearly examinations of the college under way, students and their parents were seen jotting down the revised schedule placed near the college entrance.

“For me, it’s my daughter’s exam. She is worried and so am I,” said Irfan Khan, a parent. While the former LC students have decided to carry out a signature campaign in support of their alma mater, those who have to sit for their exams felt the ‘Monday-closure’ had affected their preparations.

“The media hyped the spiritual assembly at our college and the vandalism that followed further aggravated the situation,” said a nervous looking Class VIII student.

Irfan Ahmad Rizvi, whose two daughters too have to take their exams, felt that vandalism by BJYM  activists was wrong. A lady, who alighted from a car bearing the Congress party’s flag, came up to the media persons and asked, “Why doesn’t someone tell the politicians to spare our kids at least?”

Meanwhile, former LC students have extended full support to LC saying that there was nothing wrong with the prayer services held on the campus.

“The college has contributed a lot to education and there has never been any case of religious conversion. Hence the BJYM attack was uncalled for,” said Kavita Narula. Moina and Muzana Rizvi too said they were hurt by the vandalism.