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Protests threatened at Catholic churches in Mangalore

August 05, 2016

Sixteen members of Sri Ram Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, have been arrested for trespassing at a Catholic school in Mangalore, a city of 500,000 in southwestern India.

The Hindu activists entered a classroom because they were angry that Arabic is being taught at the school-- making it more likely, they believe, that students may convert to Islam.

Melwyn Braggs, the headmaster of St. Thomas School, said that he is a Catholic “and the school is a Catholic institution. When that is the case, how can conversion to Islam be carried out in the school?”

Sri Ram Sena’s state leader threatened to conduct protests at Mangalore’s Catholic churches unless the trespassing charges are withdrawn.


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