Hindu Reconversions

VHP brings 11 Christians back into Hindu fold
Mon, 08 Mar 1999 06:53:45 -0800

                  Utnoor (Adilabad): Eleven persons were ‘reconverted’ to Hinduism from Christianity here on Sunday at an event organised by the Viswa Hindu Parishad.

                  Those who ‘rediscovered’ Hindusim included five women and six men who left Christianity at a ceremony marked by a yagna which all the 11 performed.

                  The event was held at an Anjaneya Swamy temple here in the morning. Later speaking to Deccan Chronicle, they said that they had turned to Christianity many years ago under the influence of some elders and enticed by the promise of a good life.

                  They, however, said their coming back into the fold of Hinduism was voluntary and denied that the VHP pressured them into doing so. They also said that they would henceforth work to bring back ‘converted’ Christians back into Hinduism as ‘there were many such people in the district.’

                  The parishad State executive president M V R Sarma later told reporters that “Christian missionaries, under the guise of social service, are converting people to their religion.” He also called on the people to guard themselves against such ‘enticements’.

                  It may be recalled that an event similar to the one on Sunday, was organised by the VHP in Luxettipeta in 1982, when 2,000 tribals were reconverted.

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