Day after Sangh protests, 4 held in MP for converting to Islam

Dalit youths claim they have returned to Hinduism.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: September 4, 2014 3:30 am

In probably the first such action under the Freedom of Religion Act in Madhya Pradesh, the police on Wednesday arrested four persons — Tularam Jatav, Maniram Jatav, Keshav Jatav and Makhubai Jatav — for converting to Islam without informing the district authorities in Shivpuri.

Tularam, Maniram and seven of their family members had submitted affidavits to an additional district magistrate on Tuesday, saying they wanted to embrace Islam of their own volition and were not being coerced to do so.

But scores of VHP and Bajrang Dal activists turned up at the Shivpuri collectorate and tried to persuade them against changing their faith. Chanting “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Shri Ram” slogans, they demanded an FIR against the nine persons and those who converted them.

The district authorities returned the affidavits, stating that the anti-conversion law mandates that the applications should come from religious figures presiding over the conversion ceremony and not from those seeking to convert. Citing the law and order situation, the police then detained them.

However, the in-charge of Khaniyadhana Police Station, Y S Jadaun, said there was no tension in Bukarra and Chhirwaha villages from where Tularam and Maniram hail.

Collector Rajeev Dubey said the arrests were made in connection with an FIR filed last week and they would soon be granted bail. But the earlier FIR only named Tularam and Maniram.

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    Abbu Ubar
    Sep 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm
    Freedom of religion basic fundamental right is violated...what for an atheist does he require to go for district magistrate lettter
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      Krishna
      Sep 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm
      You seem to be right. But this will only happen when people join their hands together to force govment to help these people come out of this situation. POVERTY is the biggest cause for everything. Relate it to any religion.
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        angel
        Sep 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm
        or may be fight between shia and sunnis or die in a terror attack or the best join IS start a jihad.....
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          Sudhir
          Sep 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm
          First read about your mother country India & its history. If you read TERROR books written by child molesters & child rapist this how people talk.
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            Sudhir
            Sep 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm
            Mahatma hi & SwamiVivekananda said: If you change your religion youchange your nationality. So true. Look at people who have converted.They have foreign names, culture & tradition. They do not wear ourtraditional dress. They are ready to destroy their own mother land Indiabecause they are asking to do so by the foreign barbarians who have invaded ourcountry, looted & raped mothers & sisters. Even worse this Muslims& Christians divided & destroy there own familyvalues. All these for a religion that has no roots with our country India.
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