After a large number of tribals reportedly converted to Christianity in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has sought an anti-conversion law in the state.
VHP leader Pramod Mishra said, “Anti-conversion law should be formulated in Jharkhand. Christian missionaries are silently working on their agenda, converting tribals.”
According to sources in the Gumla district administration, around 100 people from Ghaghra and Visunpur blocks embraced Christianity. The local media has said the figure may be more.
The administration has ordered a probe into the reported conversion.
Stating that Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh had anti-conversion laws, the VHP demanded one from the Jharkhand government too. It also sought details about the funding of the missionaries.
Asked about the VHP’s ‘Ghar Wapsi’ (homecoming) programme, Mishra said, “In Ghar Wapsi, people return to their original faith. We do not force people to convert to Hindu religion.”
Driven by poverty, prompting the VHP to demand a probe into the role of missionaries.
Over 100 families belonging to Ghaghra and Visunpur bocks were converted, but the local media put the number at more than 300.
The converted villagers said they took the decision to ensure education for their children. The villages lack basic facilities — roads, electricity, school and health centres.
Condemning the religious conversion of the primitive tribes people, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sought a probe into the Christian missionaries’ role.