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Catholic school in India’s Madhya Pradesh state ordered to install Hindu idol

The Hindu groups gave the priest 15 days starting on October 25 to comply with the demand or face protests

Rightwing Hindu activists served a 15-day ultimatum to a Catholic school in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to install in the campus an image of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.

A 30-member delegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Bajrang Dal (Party of the Stout and Strong) met Father Augustine Chittuparambil, manager of Christ Jyoti Senior Secondary School in Satna district headquarters, to make the demand through a memorandum.

The Hindu groups gave the priest 15 days starting on October 25 to comply with the demand or face protests in front of the school.

“The Hindu activists came to our school and wanted us to install an idol of goddess Saraswati in the campus,” Father Chittuparambil told Matters India.

“They claim that the school was built at a place where the idol of goddess Saraswati had existed,” said the priest.

The Syro-Malabar Siocese of Satna manages the school in Satna town, 455 kilometers northeast of Bhopal, the state capital.

Read complete report on Matters India

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