Chennai: Negating to quash the show cause notice issued to faculty member Samuel Tennyson of the Madras Christian College (MCC) facing sexual harassment charges from 34 girl students, Justice S Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court opined, “There is general feeling among parents of students, especially female students, that co-educational study in Christian institutions is highly unsafe for the future of their children.”
Justice Vaidynathan further lay emphasis on the accusations compulsory conversion of people by Christian institutions, he stated, “In the present era, there are several accusations against them (Christian institutions) for indulging in compulsory conversion of people of other religions to Christianity. Though the impart good education, their preaching of morality will be a million-dollar question.”
Samuel Tennyson of Tambaram-based MCC moved the Madras HC to quash the findings of the Internal Complaints Committee which probed the sexual harassment complaint and to quash the show-cause notice.
The 34-girls alleged that the sexual harassment occurred during an academic tour to Bengaluru, Mysore and Coorg.
The statement of the Madras High Court judge is a scathing attack and raises serious questions on the integrity and credibility of the Christian-run educational institutions. It also raised question on the safety of girls in Christian educational institutions.