Christians in India reconvert to Hinduism with threats
About 310 Christians were reportedly reconverted to Hinduism in the district of Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh State in India by Hindu extremists according to reports from the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The GCIC told AsiaNews that the incident occurred on October 26, 2014 and has become a trend among Christian regions in Uttar Pradesh. They reported that the Hindu groups have termed this ritual “returning home,” and this has been the third case in less than two months.
The converted belong to 30 different families: the last four years, various members have embraced Christianity of their own free will, renouncing Hinduism. According to Local Police at the time conversions had created a stir among the Hindu organizations. This incident occurred close to Deepawali, the Country’s most popular Hindu holiday.
The reports states that the Hindu organizations used this holiday to organize a conversion ceremony where they would “sacrifice” Bibles and recite Hindu prayers to complete the “returning home” ritual. Each Christan also received a copy of the Bhagavad Gita from Hindu priests. “Freedom of religion is our constitutional right. The underhanded methods used to reconvert innocent Christians to Hinduism are dangerous. The GCIC is concerned about the insecurity experienced by vulnerable Christian families.
In Uttar Pradesh Hindu radicals using veiled threats to intimidate minority communities,” Sajan George, President of the GCIC said. The GCIC has previously pointed out that Hindu nationalism has been on the rise and the groups have acted violently toward Christians and other minorities. It is reported that more than 600 attacks have occurred on both Muslims and Christians in the recent past. Hindu fundamentalists groups have targeted Christians and churches, mostly in the Uttar Pradesh state.
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