Hindu outfit asks UP schools to ban Christmas celebrations, cites majority

Hindu outfit's threat looms over Christmas in Aligarh

Speaking to ANI, Savita said, "We have directed the schools not to impose Christian celebrations to Hindu kids because these actions indirectly lead to religious conversion".

This directive comes after RSS-affiliate Hindu Jagran Manch issued a circular on Sunday, threatening the management of all Aligarh schools against celebrating Christmas saying, if they did so, it would be "at their own risk". The group claims that the Christians lure Hindu students and converts them.

Christmas will be celebrated on Dec 25.

HJM state secretary Sanju Bajaj also said they would organize protests outside the Christians schools that do not follow their instructions.

Some school officials have expressed concern about the group's threats, and some have reportedly lodged complaints with the police and district administration. "But we do have a problem when a Christian festival is forced on Hindu children", Mr. Savita told The Hindu.

The warning set alarm bells ringing in all educational institutions in the Aligarh city, especially Christian schools. He said there is also a fear among the members of the community, as same kind of aggressive posturing was done by right wing Hindu organisations during their ghar-wapsi programme, spreading insecurity among the minorities.

Officer Kumar asked his deputies to take strict action against anybody intimidating and obstructing Christmas celebrations.

Senior superintendent of police, Aligarh, Rajesh Pandey, however, made it clear that the district authorities would not allow anyone to force any school not to observe or celebrate Christmas.



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