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Hindu Jagran Manch asks schools not to ‘force’ Hindu students to celebrate Christmas

After Aligarh, the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) asked Christian missionary schools in Agra not to ‘force’ Hindu students to celebrate Christmas.

lucknow Updated: Dec 21, 2017 16:22 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Kunwar Anupam Singh, SP (city), stated that no one would be allowed to take law in their hands and the matter was being probed. (HT )

After Aligarh, the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) asked Christian missionary schools in Agra not to ‘force’ Hindu students to celebrate Christmas.

Leaders of the district unit of the outfit claimed to have issued letters to principals of schools in this regard and also threatened protests if their ‘advisory’ was not complied with.

Amit Chaudhary, Agra unit president of HJM, confirmed this while talking to HT on Wednesday.

“We had been receiving complaints from parents of students studying in missionary schools. Hindu students are being asked to buy dresses to appear as Santa Claus and participate in programmes organised to celebrate Christmas on the campus,” stated Chaudhary.

“On receiving such complaints, we have issued letters to about a dozen missionary schools in Agra and took up the matter with principals at a couple of schools, asking them to desist from such activities otherwise we would come on roads to lodge protest and would have such schools propagating Christianity shut down,” he stated while maintaining that schools should focus only on education.

“We are not against any festival or religion. But any attempt to propagate Christianity leading to practice of conversion would not be taken lightly,” he stated.

“It would be a better option if missionary schools celebrate festivals by declaring the day as a holiday as they do in case of Hindu festivals,” stated Chaudhary.

Father Moon Lazarus, spiritual director of St Lawrence Seminary, denied HJM’s allegations and claimed that Christians running missionary schools are law-abiding citizens.

“Who gave them the authority to issue such threats and make baseless allegations against a peace loving community dedicated to the cause of education as charity,” stated Father Moon Lazarus who expressed trust in law enforcing agencies to safeguard their interests but also expressed concern over such threats.

Kunwar Anupam Singh, SP (city), stated that no one would be allowed to take law in their hands and the matter was being probed.

“We have neither received any such complaint nor any copy of the letter has come to us. But having come across such reports, the matter is being looked into,” stated Singh, assuring peaceful conduct of festival in the city of Taj.

First Published: Dec 21, 2017 16:22 IST