Over 200 people embrace Hinduism in Kerala

Friday, Dec 26, 2014,20:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | Over 200 persons, mostly belonging to Christian families, in various parts of Kerala have reconverted to Hinduism as part of the ‘ghar vapsi’ (home coming) programme of Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Christmas day, VHP sources today said.
Kottayam district topped in the re-conversion ceremony with 73 persons participating in it at Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam and Sri Krishna Swamy temple at Thirunakari yesterday.
The sources said 11 members of Muslim community also converted to Hinduism.
VHP State General Secretary, V Mohan, in a statement claimed none was being forcibly converted. Those who want to convert to Hinduism on their own will are only being helped to do so.
According to the sources, today also reconversions are taking place in various parts of the state and this was a regular ongoing process.
VHP Kottayam District President Balachandran Pillai said those who had converted had done it on their own from Vaikom, Kumarakkam and Kanjirapally. VHP state president justice M Ramachandran, a former Kerala High Court Judge, said that neither the central committee nor the state committee had taken any decision on conversions. But we are not against anyone who comes voluntarily.
The matter would be discussed at VHP’s central committee, which is meeting at Hyderabad from December 28 to 30, Justice Ramachandran, who will also be participating, said. In an effort at clearing the confusion, VHP state General Secretary V Mohan, later issued a statement clarifying that none was being forcibly converted. Those who want to convert to Hinduism on their own will, are only being helped to do so.
Wednesday, 11 persons had embraced Hinduism near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district in yet another case of conversion since the last week in the state. A batch of 30 persons belonging to eight families of Scheduled Caste Christians had re-converted in the district on December 21.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had said on Wednesday that the situation did not warrant a government intervention. There is no compulsory conversion or recoversion in the state and it will not take place also. If somebody voluntarily takes any decision, what can the government do- the CM asked.