AROUND 85 members of 15 poor and dalit families allegedly embraced Christianity in Chaubeypur area under Chairaigaon development block here in Varanasi. The main reason behind this religious conservation is said to be poverty and social indifference.
Sources said that around 85 members of Dalit and poor families of Parnapur, Paranapur and Raipura villages of Chaubeypur area accepted Christianity recently.
It was alleged that Christian Missionaries had been wooing poor and down-trodden people to accept Christianity to lead a better life.
Sources further said that some residents of Harijan basti in Parnapur village accepted Christianity in the presence of a missionary, a few days ago. Sources added that this was not the first time that people had accepted Christianity in the area. Earlier, 20 villagers of Bankat and 40 villagers of Muridpur had also accepted Christianity a couple of years ago.
Those who accepted Christianity recently included Mewalal, Malti Devi, Radha Kumari, Sadhana Kumari, Jagdish Kumar, Shashikala, Bandhu Shyamji, Sukku, Rani, Chatthu Ram, Barsati, Ramji of Harijan basti in Parnapur village and Shyam Bihari, Guddu Yadav and Kanhaiya Yadav of Paranapur village.
These people claimed that their families were now better off after converting their religion.
However, sub-divisional magistrate Mahesh Chandra Sharma expressed his ignorance over mass conversion.
When contacted, Mahesh Chandra Sharma said, “I have no information regarding religious conversion in any village of Chaubeypur area”.