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Nuns waylaid, harassed in Tamil Nadu, RSS activist arrested

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Chennai: A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member in Tamil Nadu has been arrested on charges of harassing two nuns accusing them of indulging in religious conversion.

The incident happened in the last Saturday near Illuppur in Pudukkottai district, where the RSS activist, Ganesh Babu, along with other 20 to 30 unidentified people followed the nuns and snatched their mobile phones and two-wheeler, while the nuns were on their way to visit a pregnant acquaintance.

Ganesh has been charged with sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 294(b) (obscenity), 387 (extortion) of the IPC and the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

Meanwhile, police have denied Ganesh's claim that the nuns were engaged in converting people to Christianity. A group of men allegedly belonging to the right-wing group held a protest outside the Illuppur Police station on Sunday demanding Ganesh's release.

Sporadic incidents of right wing agitation targeting the Christian community in Tamil Nadu have been reported since the death of 17-year-old Thanjavur student Lavanya. The right wing has made baseless allegations that the girl was a victim of forced conversion at the school she was studying.

Residents of Michaelpatti, where the school is located, handed over a written petition to the Thanjavur District Collector on Friday, January 28 complaining about "unidentified outsiders attempting to create communal disharmony" in the village. Earlier this month, a church inside a school in Coimbatore was vandalised. Three Hindu Munnani Katchi members were arrested in connection with the case.

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