Sangh re-converts Dalit Muslim converts

Bajrang Dal workers said they had convinced them to re-convert by putting pressure on their community members.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Shivpuri | Published:September 5, 2014 2:08 am
During the ‘purification’ ceremony.  (Source: Express photo by Sachin Modi) During the ‘purification’ ceremony. (Source: Express photo by Sachin Modi)

A day after they were arrested for converting to Islam, four Dalits were “re-converted” to Hinduism by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists in a ceremony at the Hanuman Temple here on Thursday.

Calling it “Ghar Vapasi”, the Hindu organisations also brought in over half-a-dozen other Dalits who had expressed their willingness to embrace Islam, and subjected them to a “purification” ceremony amid chanting of mantras by the temple priest.

The four converts — Maniram Jatav, his wife Makhobai Jatav, their son Nilesh Jatav and another relative Tularam Jatav — claimed that nobody had forced them to return to their original faith.

On Wednesday, they were arrested under the state’s anti-conversion law for not informing the district authorities in Shivpuri before converting to Islam. They were later released on bail. They claimed that they had converted to Islam because they were being discriminated against by upper castes.

Meanwhile, Maniram’s two other sons refused to participate in the “re-conversion” ceremony today. They said efforts were on to persuade them to return to Hindu fold.

“I decided to return to my original faith after Hindu leaders in our area promised that we would not be discriminated against in future,’’ said Maniram. Before the ceremony, the Bajrang Dal workers made him shave and wear new clothes.

“No religion teaches discrimination. I have read the Gita, Bible and Quran. We faced a lot of difficulties and chose to convert to Islam but now we have been promised a better future,’’ he said.

Maniram remained a Muslim for 14 months. “Didn’t Lord Rama spend 14 years in exile,’’ said Manoj Sharma, Bajrang Dal district convenor. “I told them that nobody would even lift a finger against them in future,’’ he said.

“Our activists will become active and stop such discrimination in every village. We will ensure nobody converts to Islam and will make every effort to bring those who have already converted back to the Hindu fold,” said Sharma.

The officer in charge of Khaniyadhana Police Station, Y S Jadaun, said the Jatavs had probably decided to re-convert under pressure from their own community.
Bajrang Dal workers said they had convinced them to re-convert by putting pressure on their community members. They said a meeting of the Ahirwar community has been called on Sunday to convince members to stop converting..

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    ND
    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:04 am
    IN VEDAS THERE IS NO CASTISM BUT VARNA SYSTEM IS THERE WHICH IS NOT BASED ON BIRTH BUT ON 'KARMA ' MEANS A BUSINESS MAN SON OF A BRAHMIN FATHER WILL BE CALLED VAISHYA ACTULLY WE HAVE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT VEDAS . IN VEDA DEFINATION OF GOD IS WHO NEVER TAKES BIRTH NEVER DIES OMNIPRESENT NO SHAPE ALLMIGHTY .NOWADAYS WHICH WE R LOOKING HINDUISM IS NOT THE PURE FORM OF VEDAS HINDUISM.
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    ND
    Nov 23, 2014 at 9:21 am
    IT IS LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT VEDAS ACTULLY THERE IS NO CAST SYSTEM IN VEDAS BUT VARNA SYSTEM WHICH IS NOT BASED UPON THE BIRTH BUT ON INDIVIDUALS 'KARMA' WHICH MEANS A DIRTY WORKING SON OF A BRAHMIN FATHER WILL BE 'SHUDRA' AND AGAIN HIS BUSINESSMAN SON WILL BE VAISHYA.
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    abdul
    Sep 7, 2014 at 12:49 am
    would surely like to hear on the constant updates on the life of these ppl who have undergone ghar wapasi and being promised justice . Giving new names to different acts and publishing an article on it is not a solution. Preach the good things in your religion and make ppl aware of their duties, and if ppl find it convincing they will automatically follow it no matter which religion they belong to.How can u ure some one of justice when you have not done a single act of justice to those who have been victims of different types of crime in society, while the only thing you have been doing is entering ppls private life n destroying their freedom. When ppl keep saying we have a problem , no one is ready to hear. And when the same ppl tell we have found a solution , that's the time when such destroyers of society come with a reply of a solution that will drag them back to their problem filled unjust life.Happy to know ppl realise the truth and explore different religions before deciding the one that bring true justice to their mind and souls.
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    Abhilash
    Sep 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm
    Sure Rayin.......I would like that change in the consution to allow caste conversion....I will be the first to convert myself to a SC....atleast that way I can lead a good life....Plz plz plz ask the govt to bring in that change.....so you who aspire to convert to upper caste can do it...and I who aspire to go to the lower caste can go on my own.
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    KanVeera
    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:38 am
    don't take examples here and there.......even 40% of india is BPL... them 95% belong to lower castes and minorities......remember. If 1 dalit becomes billionaire.u r jealous.
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    KanVeera
    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:43 am
    don't talk abt scriptures....v can see in front of our eyes the atrocities by ourselves.......v don't need british encylopedia to understand this inhuman practice
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    KanVeera
    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:30 am
    what vedas???? ask any dalit....for him they r toil et roles used to clean. s of uppercastes...Forget theory of evolution....talk abt day to day suffering of lower castes in this country......even today v have this non-sense being practiced in many villages.....A person may lecture of equality etc on stage... but when goes home...the same person practices --casteism, untouchability....Lower castes shud embrace other religions which gives them respect........
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    KanVeera
    Oct 23, 2014 at 4:49 am
    whether jesus or mahdi will return makes no difference to ordinary ppl's lives....but talk abt serious issue of dalits not being allowed in temples....We allow foreigners to get married in temples!!!!
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