Staff Reporter

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Malankara Catholic Church has strongly condemned the alleged attack on St. Teresa’s Bethany Convent Higher Secondary School at Chengaroor, near Mallappally, by a group supporting the education bandh on Tuesday.

Addressing a protest meet at the school on Thursday, Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla Thomas Mar Coorilos alleged that the attack on the educational institution was a premeditated one.

He termed the attack a shameful and cruel act against a girls’ school, amply exposing the sad state of law and order in the State. Moreover, it also reflected the negative attitude of the Left wing parties towards women as well as educational institutions run by minority communities in the State, the Archbishop said.

Sr. Little Flower, school Principal, said a group who reached the school gate in a jeep barged into the school premises, raising slogans against the management. They went on rampage on the school premises for the next few minutes, destroying school property, though it was a holiday for the school in view of the call for an education bandh.

The Principal alleged that the attack was a blatant violation of women’s rights as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Shiji Thomas, school teacher, presented a resolution, condemning the attack. Sr. Little Teres, headmistress, and Sr. Luciya, K.N. Sindhu and Sulu Antony, all teachers, also spoke.

Mon. Cherian Ramanalil Corepiscopa, senior vicar general, presided over the meeting. Mon. Ramanalil said the attack on the school which had a rich tradition of 60 years was not at all justifiable.

Fr. Sheby Kozhiyadiyil, Education Commission secretary and K.C. Mathai, Pastoral Council secretary, also spoke.