Hindu organisations have lodged a complaint against a Christian school in Tamil Nadu for proselytising to underage children on the pretext of conducting summer class. The children were taught how to love others and were given prizes for listening to the preaching.
Joyce Primary school in Madurai had organised a summer camp for underage children on May 19. Children from various schools in the area attended the camp. They were taught about loving others in the camp. Hindu Munnani activists grew suspicious of their actions and inquired the children who returned from the camp. Children told that they were made to hear religious preaching and were given prizes for listening to it.
Activists recorded their statements and filed a complaint with the District Collector. School Correspondent has said that she has been running the school for the past 25 years and that no parent had come to her with such a complaint. Citing this she denied the claims of Hindu activists that children were taught Christian values in the summer camp.
She claimed that the school has been conducting summer camp every year. She also claimed that they teach about loving others and religious principles of other faiths to children from other schools attending the camp. The school was let out for a Christian organisation to conduct an event on May 19. The Correspondent said that she didn’t let out the school for religious preaching. The camp was terminated after Hindu activists complained against it.
In a similar incident, only two days ago, Hindu Munnani activists confronted missionaries brainwashing underage children on the pretext of conducting summer camp in Thanjavur. When they asked the names of the children they said Hindu names. Outraged activists asked why the missionaries were targeting hindu children to trach Christian beliefs instead of Christian children. Missionaries had Christian literature on their person in the form of pamphlets and tracts. Later Hindu activists filed a complaint against them with the local police.
Missionaries use the Vacation Bible School model of the West to lure non-Christian children to so-called summer camps where they are taught Christian principles.