Christian schools shut down to protest against vandalism

The mob blamed headmistress Helen Sarkar for the shocking incident and damaged classrooms, destroyed computers and teaching materials and forced her to apologize publicly and hand in her resignation.

India
Sep 18 2013, 6:51 PM
Christian schools shut down to protest against vandalism
Christian Missionary schools in West Bengal remained closed in protest against last weeks vandalism at Christ Church Girls' High School. (Reuters)

Christian schools in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal remained closed on Thursday as a mark of protest against a mob attack on a school in Kolkata on September 12.

Christ Church Secondary School was vandalised by parents and locals following the death of a girl student of Class IV. The girl reportedly died of shock, after some senior girl students locked her up in the school toilet on failing to extort money from her.

The mob blamed headmistress Helen Sarkar for the shocking incident and damaged classrooms, destroyed computers and teaching materials and forced her to apologize publicly and hand in her resignation. The police arrested her following mob pressure.

The decision to shut down Christian schools for a day was taken to caution the public against taking the law into their hands and to urge civil authorities to ensure protection to Christian schools whose functioning have benefitted students across religious and social strata.

The Church of North India, the Anglican Christian community that runs the school, has decided to shut down the institution for the time being. Parents and students gathered at the closed gates to express solidarity with the school staff and to protest against vandalism.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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