A group of teenagers repaired a kilometer of damaged public road in a village in Karnataka, despite allegation that the Catholic Church organized it to convert the children.
The 82 students who repaired the road were part of the Oct. 7-11 village camp the Church organized in Madanthyar village, near Mangalore.
The students, including Hindus and Muslims, were members of Young Students’ Movement (YSM), a Catholic forum for students in grades eight to ten. The forum is part of internationally known Young Christian Students’ movement (YCS).
Some members of a Hindu group identified Hindu students in the group and complained to the police saying the program was part of Catholic efforts to convert children.
Police wanted to stop the work saying it might create sectarian disquiet but most of the Hindu villagers supported the program with some 100 people joining the students in the repair work.