Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has directed the State Government not to take any action against educational institutions run by Christian missionaries for declaring a holiday on August 29, 2008.

The education institutions had declared a holiday in protest against the attacks on Christians in Kandhamal district in Orissa and in solidarity with the Christian community.

According to the order passed on September 17, the commission has said that “to maintain harmony in the public and among various segments of society, it is appropriate to give a quietus to the issue.”

The commission maintained that there is nothing illegal in the education institutions declaring a holiday on August 29. “There is absolutely no warrant for the Government to initiate action against them.

The commission has noted that the holiday neither had in no way caused social disharmony nor led to any unhappy incidents.