Hindu outfit calls for ban on Christmas celebrations in Aligarh schools

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Hindu Jagran Manch, a right-wing organisation, on Monday issued a warning to missionary schools in Aligarh to not to ask Hindu students to contribute for Christmas celebrations this year.

The warning set off alarm bells in educational institutions in Aligarh, especially Christian schools, where Christmas is celebrated by students and staff.

The organization known as the Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) in Aligarh have reportedly asked Christian schools associated with different dioceses not to celebrate Christmas, claiming that it is a step towards forcing Hindus to convert to Christianity.

"The circular would be reaching all schools very shortly and we will decide a course of action on receiving their response", Sonu Savita, city president of the Hindu Jagran Manch, told reporters in Aligarh on Sunday. "Many such ceremonies by them (Christian priests) have been reported and stopped by the administration and any further plans too should be scuttled", he had then told The Economic Times. School managements have been assured full security, he added.

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The state secretary of Hindu Jagaran March has warned the schools of dire outcome in case they fail to follow their directives.

Anurag Gupta, Convener of the Parents' Association, expressed similar sentiments, saying, "Our schools have been playing an important role in helping students acquire knowledge of different religions and this helps them when they move out to different countries all over the globe".

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

Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandey when contacted said that there was no question of allowing anyone or any group to disrupt any festivities at the city schools.

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