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100 dalits convert to Christianity in Bhojpur

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | May 17, 2003 17:57 IST

Nearly 100 dalits in two Bihar villages converted to Christianity last week.

While sources said the conversions were in protest against discrimination by powerful upper caste Hindus, this could not be independently confirmed.

The converts belong to Ganghar and Milki villages under the Ara block in Bhojpur district of Bihar.

District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar said: "Preliminary report suggests that there is some truth in it [reports of conversions] and we have started investigations."

This is the first major conversion of dalits to Christianity in Bihar after the state was bifurcated in 1999 to create Jharkhand.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal leaders have accused Christian missionaries of luring poor villagers with money and promises of employment.

Reports said in both the villages the converts were provided with bicycles, hands lights, daris (carpet) and Bibles. However, there was no independent confirmation of this.

Kumar did not rule out action against those involved in the conversions if it was proved that the exercise was not voluntary.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: Conversion

Cast sytem is responsible for this.

Posted by Tanweer Rizvi

Sub: R U talking about Bihar ?

Anything can happen there with Laloo and Rabri around.

Posted by p chandra

Sub: 100 dalits convert

It is amazing that people can be bribed into converting to another religion for the sake of goods of such little value. Why have the ...

Posted by Vinitha

Sub: 100 dalits convert in Bihar

The constitution of India gives freedom to practice any religion of your choice. as long as it is not forced.

Posted by anthony

Sub: 1oo dalits convert in bihar

i think the conversion was purely voluntary as the cruelty towards DALITS by the upper castes is well known and denial of this fact will ...

Posted by som b



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