Hindu groups in India are planning to launch a nationwide campaign to curb religious conversion, which they claim is a form of violence and a crime.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) say religious conversion is rampant in tribal-dominated areas and they plan to bring those converted back to the Hindu fold.
But their claims brought a swift rebuttal from Christian leaders.
“The Catholic Church in India does not promote or propagate religious conversion and, as the RSS and VHP claim that it does, then let them prove it,” Father Nicholas Barla, secretary of the Indian Catholic bishops’ Commission for Tribal Affairs, told.
“From time to time, those groups blame us for conversion, but there is no record of any religious conversion where the Church is involved, so there is no question of reconversion.
“Everybody knows that the Church is engaged in many charitable works. Our main concern is that any charitable work can be construed as allure-ment to conversions, but it is not true. We should do our work and should not give heed to RSS and VHP propaganda.”