Government school teachers were found to be proselytizing the students and parents who came for admission in Erode, Tamil Nadu. Erode Hindu Munnani and TN BJP cadres were notified of the attempts by the Assistant Headmistress and a teacher in the local panchayat primary school to convert children and their parents when they came for admission. They are alleged to have used literature, pamphlets, CDs, and caricatures relating to Christianity in order to convince more than 50 students and their parents who came to the school for new admissions.
Hindu Munnani demanding action on both the AHM Arul Mani and the fellow teacher Saranya has alleged in their petition to the District Educational Officer (DEO) that both of them were found to be preaching and conducting prayers in a classroom but escaped before they could be confronted.
Hindu Munnani functionaries found evidence of proselytization being carried out in the premises of the government school and further alleged in its petition that such incidents have been on the rise in the schools in and around Erode.
While Hindu Munnani petitioned to the educational department, BJP functionaries approached the district collector and requested him to take stern action against Arul Mani and Saranya. They have alleged that poor children were targeted by both teachers who gave them toys and tracts to induce them into converting.
Materials related to Christianity like books, CDs, and caricatures were found on the desks of both teachers when officers from the educational department raided the school premises. The complaint was found to be true when the parents and children were interrogated. On public demand, both teachers have been suspended and the DEO has ordered for a departmental inquiry.
Attempts to convert nonbelievers, especially Hindu kids into Christianity have been on the rise in government and government-aided schools with a gradual increase in people of a specific religion occupying the posts of teachers. Another disturbing detail is that the church has the most number of educational institutions after the government and runs maximum number of educational training institutes as well which helps them monopolize the education sector. The special provisions given to them under Article 30 and via the 93rd amendment has only sped up this process.
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