Dalit families on dharna ‘convert’ to Islam, VHP protests

VHP alleged that the conversion was an instance of “exploitation” of Dalit families and said they were able to “intervene in time” to stop it.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2015 3:23 am
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Families from Hisar’s Bhagana village, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for the past two years over alleged atrocities and rapes by the upper-caste Jats, claimed to have converted to Islam at Jantar Mantar on Saturday. However, the VHP alleged that the conversion was an instance of “exploitation” of Dalit families and said they were able to “intervene in time” to stop it.

The protesting families had been threatening to convert to Islam for the past week. “We have given up Hinduism. We are tired of waiting. We have met chief ministers and police and all we have received in return are empty promises. Not one person has done anything. What is the point of staying within this community when no one comes to you at the time of your need? We are treated like animals and that has not changed despite our protests,” said Jagdish Kajla, convener of Bhagana Kand Sangharsh Samiti.

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Countering the villagers’ claims, VHP Delhi spokesperson Vinod Bansal said, “Some of our workers reached Jantar Mantar after receiving information that certain individuals were exploiting the helplessness of these people and forcing them to convert to Islam. What is shocking is that this was happening virtually next to the Parliament. When our workers arrived at the spot and called police, they detained the workers. Later, more protesters arrived and we were able to intervene in time and stop the conversion.”

The families explained that in February 2012, members of the Jat community had initially claimed a playground that the Dalit families used. This was followed by a period of routine sexual harassment and molestation. In May, Dalit families began protesting outside the district magistrate’s office in Hisar. In retaliation, the khap panchayat declared a social and economic boycott against the Dalits. On March 23, four girls were allegedly picked up and raped in the village, after which 80 Dalit families fled to the capital.

Their conversion to Islam, the families said, was a mark of their protest. “We have been humiliated and tortured in ways which aren’t human. Our women have been raped and harassed. We no longer want to belong to this community. For two years, we have been waiting for and demanding justice, but to no avail,” said a woman, who claimed to have been molested.

The VHP, however, maintained that the real issue at hand was the continued exploitation of the Dalit families by those who wanted to convert them. “The VHP demands action against the culprits, irrespective of who they are. But the real issue at hand is the fact that the agony of these suffering families is being exploited by those who want to make this a religious issue. The VHP will take action against this and ensure that at least in Delhi, this can’t happen,” said Bansal.

A senior police officer of New Delhi district maintained that the protest was peaceful and no one was detained. “We have deployed adequate police personnel at Jantar Mantar as the organisers of the protest took prior permission. A PCR call was made, but we weren’t able to find anything,” the officer added.

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    Shakir Musa
    Jan 1, 2016 at 4:21 am
    Well, I am sure that the word scientist/intellect / scholar/Wiseness ... all fail when it comes to the teaching of Prophet.Mohammad(p.b.u.h). Sorry ,I am bit religious but it is very true.. i searched.. searched.. searched... and searched. i got only one thing this religion is perfect and complete. individual can be wrong but not this religion. Conversions/REVERTS to Islam has to continue i know this.check out how many people convert in U.S/EUROPE..
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      khan
      Aug 9, 2015 at 6:58 pm
      Can you quote any thing from Quran that it teaches filth...shame on you knowing nothing and pointing fingers
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        khan
        Aug 9, 2015 at 7:03 pm
        Kashmir, Khalistan , Nagaland ,Mizoram ,chatisgarh ,am , bodoland ,tamilnado ,issrat jehan, Gabri masjid , Gujarat riots , invasion of Bangladesh all these are peaceful happiness by peaceful Hindus
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          khan
          Aug 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm
          She was more than 18 just google it. Must see the correct answers. Hindus are all polygamy as per religion . 1956 court ruling has stopped them from doing so
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            khan
            Aug 9, 2015 at 7:46 am
            Welcome to the true world where there is no caste , creed , colour, country and so on. Muslims are Muslims so you are no more lower cl but now upper cl as Muslims will respect you to adopt the religion peacefully
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              khan
              Aug 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm
              What a filthy Bollywood style language . Never lie on things you don't know. These wrong information has no value to teaching of holy Quran , just buy a good copy of translation of holy Quran and see is there any thing which you say or even think is wrong in holy Quran .....answer will be no
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                Kumarpushp
                Aug 11, 2015 at 3:23 am
                असली भगवान कौन ? जरूर पढे.... Dr.AMBEDKAR (1891-1956) B.A., M.A., M.Sc., D.Sc., Ph.D., L.L.D., D.Litt., Barrister-at-La w. B.A.(Bombay University) Bachelor of Arts, MA.(Columbia university) Master Of Arts, M.Sc.( London School of Economics) Master Of Science, Ph.D. (Columbia University) Doctor of philosophy , D.Sc.( London School of Economics) Doctor of Science , L.L.D.(Columbia University) Doctor of Laws , D.Litt.( Osmania University) Doctor of Literature, Barrister-at-La w (Gray's Inn, London) law qualification for a lawyer in royal court of England. Elementary Education, 1902 Satara, Maharashtra Matriculation, 1907, Elphinstone High School, Bombay Persian etc., Inter 1909,Elphinston e College,Bombay Persian and English B.A, 1912 Jan, Elphinstone College, Bombay, University of Bombay, Economics & Political Science M.A 2-6-1915 Faculty of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, Main- Economics Ancillaries-Soc iology, History Philosophy, Anthropology, Politics Ph.D 1917 Faculty of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, 'The National Divident of India - A Historical and Analytical Study' M.Sc 1921 June London School of Economics, London 'Provincial Decentralizatio n of Imperial Finance in British India' Barrister-at- Law 30-9-1920 Gray's Inn, London Law D.Sc 1923 Nov London School of Economics, London 'The Problem of the Rupee - Its origin and its solution' was accepted for the degree of D.Sc. (Economics). L.L.D (Honoris Causa) 5-6-1952 Columbia University, New York For HIS achievements, Leadership and authoring the consution of India D.Litt (Honoris Causa) 12-1-1953 Osmania University, Hyderabad For HIS achievements, Leadership and writing the consution of India! 1. जब तुमको गाँव से बाहर बस्ती बनाकर रहने के लिए मजबूर किया गया था । तब 5000 साल तक आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 2. जब आपको 5000 साल तक शिक्षा से वंचित रखा गया तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 3. जब 5000 साल तक आपको संपत्ति रखने का अधिकार नहीं था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 4. जब आपको गले में हांड़ी लटकाकर चलने के लिए मजबूर किया गया तब पाँच हजार साल तक आपका भगवान कहाँ सोया हुआ था ? 5. जब पाँच हजार साल तक आपको पीछे झाड़ू बाँधकर चलने के लिए मजबूर किया गया तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 6. जब आपके प्राणों का मूल्य , , मेंढक के प्राणों के बराबर समझा जाता था तब पाँच हजार साल तक आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 7. जब आपको सुबह शाम चलने पर प्रतिबन्ध था सिर्फ दोपहर को कोई थाली वगैरह बजाते हुए चलने दिया जाता था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 8. जिस पानी में मूत्र विसर्जित करते रहते थे उसी पानी को आपको पीने नहीं दिया जाता था । तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 9. जब आपकी बहू बेटियों को किसी जानवर की तरह कोई भी ले जा सकता था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 10. जब आपको सिर्फ काम कराने के लिए बंधुआ मजदूर की तरह प्रयोग किया जाता था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 11. जब आपको मंदिर में नहीं घुसने दिया जाता था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 12. जब आपको धर्म कर्म से वंचित रखा गया था तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 13. जब आपके छूने से ही ये लोग अपवित्र हो जाते थे तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 14. जब कोई तुम्हारी बीमारी का इलाज तुम्हारी जाति की वजह से करने से इंकार कर देता था और तुम इलाज के आभाव में तड़प तड़पकर दम तोड़ देते थे तब आपका भगवान कहाँ था ? 15. जब पानी के अभाव में तुम प्यासे ही तड़प तड़पकर दम तोड़ देते थे तब तुम्हारा भगवान कहाँ था ? आज जब भारतीय संविधान के वजह से जब आपको इन सबसे मुक्ति मिल गयी और अधिकार मिल गए तो तुम्हारे करोडो भगवान पैदा हो गए ? Sacha bhagwan to Baba Saheb h.... Forward to Every SC.
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                Kumarpushp
                Aug 9, 2015 at 5:43 pm
                120 million dalits are in India these barbaric people are killing raping dalits in day in and day out.120 million dalits should convert to Islam to punish these hindus in India.
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