Hindus form 93.5% of religious conversion applicants in Gujarat
GANDHINAGAR: Among those who had applied for religious conversion in Gujarat in the last five years, 93.5% are Hindus, the state government has said in the state assembly.
In written response to a number of starred questions by MLAs, chief minister Vijay Rupani informed the house that in the last five years, 1,766 persons had applied for religious conversion approvals from district authorities under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003. Of these, 1,652 were Hindus, 71 Muslims, 42 Christians and 1 Sikh.
The CM stated that in total 643 persons were permitted to change their religion in the state in last five years.
Of the total applicants in last five years, 93.5% were Hindus, 4% were Muslims and 2.5% were Christians.
Pravin Togadia, former VHP chief and founder of the new Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP) said it was a very serious issue.
“The actual conversion number is very high but to get benefit of government schemes, religious conversions are not reported.
The government needs to stop all benefits to those who convert to other religions,’’ Togadia said.
Gaurang Jani, a leading sociologist, said,“Conversion of Hindus to other religions has increased due to increased atrocities on
Dalits and tribal people, due to lack of development opportunities given to them and due to their lack of social acceptance by upper caste Hindus.”
Jani said, “Dalits are converting to Buddhisim as a protest against atrocities. Tribal people are converting to Christianity only because missionaries provide good education, healthcare and help them in getting better economic opportunities. The government has failed to remove discrimination against Dalits and tribal people, or provide them basic facilities, so they convert to other religions.’’
Source: TOI, Oct 01, 2018