Christians in Tamil Nadu have expressed surprise that the state’s high court has admitted a public interest litigation to stop forcible conversion of students in schools.
The bench of Justices R. Madhavan and S. Ananthi of the Madras High Court on May 6 admitted the petition and posted the matter to a regular bench on June 6 after the summer vacation ends.
Jesuit Father Arockiasamy Santhanam, spokesperson for the National Lawyers Forum of Religious and Priests, says the vacation court should not have entertained the petition. “One wonders what urgency is found in this petition,” he added.
Father Devasagayaraj M Zackarias, a former secretary of the Office for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, says he was surprised the High Court admitted the petition when the incidents it has quoted are still under investigation.”
The case, Father Zackarias laments, is nothing but a way to create unnecessary disturbance in the state where schools impart quality education, especially to the poor and the marginalized.