NEW DELHI: 39 Christians forced to reconvert to Hinduism by a Hindu Nationalist organisation.
According to media reports, a Hindu nationalist organization has caused 39 people from Christian families back to Hinduism. Before converting to Christianity these people belonged to the Dalit Hindus; which is the lowest caste and are called the “untouchables.”
In a contentious ceremony which promised these minor Christians to make them entitled for a benefits from the Indian government. A member of the Hindu organisation, Prathap G Padickal, Chief of Viswha Hindu Parishad Alappuzha District said, “We are moving ahead with our initiative and more families from other religions will be reconverted to Hinduism soon. We are being approached by many people who want to come back to their original faith.”
This is worth mentioning here that the government of India offers some benefits to the Dalits if they are identified as “Hindus.” The members of this minor caste live below the line often times marginalised.
According to the International Christian Concern, “In most cases, people from low caste backgrounds are afforded government stipends and advantages, but these stipends and advantages are denied to low caste people who are registered as Christians or Muslims in India. In many cases the allurement o these government stipends and advantages are enough to convince people to convert to Hinduism.”
In the past, ICC had recorded that about 25 million Dalits who had converted to Christianity in the past times are now being forced to choose between their Christian faith and eligibility for these benefits.
“It also has left millions of Dalits to have to decide between choosing to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior and receiving government benefits that have the ability to take their families out of poverty. All added up, this discrimination has affected the official appearance of India’s religious landscape,” ICC noted.