Five Hindu families face social boycott a year after converting to Christianity

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Almost a year after converting to Christianity from Hinduism, five families have been facing social boycott in a Kushinagar village in Uttar Pradesh.

Hindu organizations approached the village and have been trying to bring the converted families back to Hinduism. The relatives of the converted families and other villagers have together opened up a front against them, demanding them to ‘reconvert’ into Hinduism, village pradhan Ajay Kharwar said.

Kushinagar district magistrate Lokesh M said that these conversions were not recent. He sent SDM, Tamkuhi Raj, Sriprakash Shukla, to probe the matter.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini led by Yogi Adityanath has upped the ante for ‘ghar wapsi’ of five Hindu families comprising 27 members in a Kushinagar village who converted to Christianity over a one-year period.

Alleging that the conversions were conducted through monetary and other allurement, HYV state president Sunil Singh said, “Dilip Gupta, a resident of Gangua Mathia village, went to Mumbai for work and converted to Christianity there. He then started motivating five families of the village to become Christians, promising them a better financial and medical condition. After the conversion, however, the families faced social boycott in their village and contacted us for returning to Hinduism. Now, we would conduct the ‘ghar wapsi’ and ‘shuddhikaran’ (purification) of the five families on December 16 or 19.”

While the conversion of these families took place gradually, reporters found out that the matter flared up on December 11 when one Vikram of the village died and his brother Rajkumar came forward to perform the last rites. Some relatives and villagers however objected to it claiming that Rajukumar’s son Srikishun and daughter-in-law had accepted Christianity, therefore, the family had lost their right to perform any Hindu ritual.