A crowd of angry parents attacked Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore yesterday, smashing the windshield of his car. The archbishop was visiting a Catholic school complex and church vandalized by a mob of more than 100 people the previous night in the suburb of Jalahali.
As Archbishop Moras, along with Father C. Francis and Father Anthony Swamy, approached the campus gate to inspect the damages, hundreds of angry parents who had gathered stopped his car. The mob was shouting slogans and carrying banners demanding the arrest of Father Mathew Theruvanmoola, principal of the high school at St. Claret High School and College.
The enraged parents dragged the archbishop and his companions from the car before smashing the windshield. Police were present but did not intervene.
The archbishop then discovered that someone had accused Fr. Theruvanmoola of sexual misconduct with female students ; also, staff members at both the high school and college were accused of distributing Bibles and converting students. The rumors spread quickly.
After some time, the crowd swelled to around 2,000 people, who burst onto the property and ransacked the school premises.