St. Stephen's College Alumni Condemn Chapel Vandalism

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We, the alumni of St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi are writing to condemn the act of vandalism discovered on the college chapel on Friday May 4, 2018, where the chapel door was defaced with the words “Mandir Yahin Banega,” and the cross graffitied with “I’m Going to Hell.” We demand a police case be registered, appropriate investigation conducted, and the perpetrators be swiftly booked.

The hate crime was clearly an attempt to disrupt college functioning and polarize the population of Delhi University just weeks ahead of university exams. We ask that the college and university administrations act speedily and surely in quelling any attempts at communalizing the campus.


Further, we recognize this as part of a larger national pattern of the last four years to destabilize higher education, and attack undergraduate and graduate institutions across the country. We refuse to stand by as democratic principles, enshrined in our constitution, are systematically dismantled.


St. Stephen’s College has an exemplary record of producing leaders, innovators and change makers in every field in India and abroad. We, the alumni, are grateful to our alma mater for promoting the values of critical thinking and responsible citizenship in all of us, and take these values to our various roles across the globe. We reject the agenda of hate that such an attack on the college chapel represents. We will not let it divide us on ideological grounds. We also commit ourselves to being vigilant against future provocations, and holding those who make them accountable.

 


Sincerely,

Alumni of St. Stephen’s College 



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