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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

RSS gets ready to tackle religious conversions

Manish Chandra Pandey, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, August 07, 2014
First Published: 00:06 IST(7/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:13 IST(7/8/2014)

The conversion and alleged rape of a woman inside a Meerut madarsa has angered the Sangh Parivar, which directed its cadres to ‘spot and report’ all such activities whether mutual or forced across Uttar Pradesh.

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The exercise to collect ‘data and details’ is underway and the saffron outfit is planning to strike back with ‘shuddhikaran’ — an exercise aimed at winning those converted into either Islam or Christianity back to Hinduism.

The RSS’s dharm jagran vibhag would soon launch mass awareness campaigns across UP, especially in western region where the Parivar has spotted an increase in religious conversions. The vibhag would also organize ‘homecoming’ ceremony of those youths it has rescued on December 25.

A volunteer of Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) said, “In places where there are strong Hindu leaders like Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur, who is an MP and mayor Shakuntala Bharti in Aligarh, religious conversions are markedly less. But with a favourable government and police, one has to remain vigilant 24x7 as newer ways are being developed to convert Hindus.”

Another saffron activist said, “In January 2013, we took out a Hindu Jago yatra after there were a series of incidents of love jihad. Back then, many madarsas in Meerut and Hapur had been reported for dubious activities but police remained indifferent.”


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