Kerala, Dec 25: As part of the “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) programme under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christmas day, as many as 58 persons, most of them belonging to Christian families, were converted to Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam, Kerala.
According to reports, VHP district president Balachandran Pillai said that 42 members belonging to 20 families were converted to Hinduism at the Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam and another 16 were converted at Sri Krishna Swamy temple in Thirunakara.
Pillai reportedly stated that those who got converted had volunteered and were not under any sort of compulsion.
VHP state president justice M Ramachandran, a former Kerala high court judge, reportedly stated that “neither the central committee nor the state committee had taken any decision on conversions. But we are not against anyone who comes voluntarily.”
The VHP’s central committee is meeting at Hyderabad from December 28 to 30. The conversions issue would be discussed at the VHP’s central committee meeting where Ramachandran will also be participating.
Later issuing a statement, VHP state general secretary V Mohan clarified: “none were forcibly converted. Those who want to convert to Hinduism on their own will, are only being helped to do so”.
Last Wednesday, eleven people in Alappuzha district had embraced Hinduism near Kayamkulam. On another similar incident on December 21, a batch of 30 people belonging to eight families of Scheduled Caste Christians were re-converted in the district.
Chief minister Oommen Chandy had on Wednesday stated that the situation did not warrant a government intervention.
Chandy had said: “There is no compulsory conversion or recoversion in the state and it will not take place also. If somebody voluntarily takes any decision, what can the government do”.
(With Agency Inputs)