Nine Dalit Christian families, eight of them in Alappuzha district, were on Sunday reconverted to Hinduism by Vishva Hindu Parishad as part of its ghar wapsi campaign.
In Alappuzha district, the eight families reconverted into Hinduism have altogether 30 members hailing from Kanichanaloor village. The ritual was held at a local temple under the leadership of VHP district secretary Prathap G. At Anchal in Kollam.
Prathap said these families had recently indicated about their intention to return to Hinduism. “More families would be returning to Hinduism in the coming days. We won’t let them down. Although Christians treated them as second rated faithful, Hinduism would offer them due respect,” said Prathap.
VHP in Kerala has launched a helpline offering support for those who want to embrace Hinduism again. Sources said they have already received 200-odd enquiries from across Kerala and ghar wapsi would be held in all districts on December 25. Most of them had gone to Christianity in the past.
BJP Kerala spokesman V V Rajesh said the party is not directly involved in the movement, but would welcome anyone who wants to return to Hinduism.
“Several Hindus had left the religion on account of the inhumane treatment they got. They were taken to Christianity under the influence of foreign money and other temptations. Within Christianity, they have realized they were facing neglect. Hence, many are willing to return to Hinduism. Sometimes, it would become a trend,” said Rajesh.
In Kerala, Christians form 19 per cent of the total population.