Christian missionaries converting poor people by promising them good living standard is a major menace all over the world. India has been one of the top targets of the Christian missionaries. A recent case of a conversion racket has emerged in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, a case of conversion had surfaced where Christian missionaries gave poor slum dwellers samosa in Agra and ask them to get converted for better education for their children.
The Pastor of Mulhera church in Meerut Father Deependra Prakash Maalewar had been converting poor Hindu families in the village. He had offered them Rs. 15,000 and government job if they abandon their religion and embrace Christianity. When he was caught by Hindu organization, he was making affidavits of 17 Hindu families for embracing Christianity.
VHP leader Abhishek Chauhan said, “We had prior information about the priest that he was involved in religious conversion and was luring poor Hindu families to embrace Christianity. On a tip-off that he has brought these poor Hindus to Tehsil for making affidavits, we raided the lawyer’s chamber and caught him red-handed.” The pastor and the lawyer were immediately taken to the police, and the pastor is now behind the bars. During police interrogation, the pastor accepted that he was completing the legal formalities for converting the Hindu families. He revealed earlier also he had converted four Hindu families into Christianity in Mulhera village. Most of those who embraced Christianity come from poor families and lower castes. Uneducated and poor people are soft targets and easy to indoctrinate. According to the police, “We have recorded statements of Hindus who were being converted. Investigations are underway and we may arrest associates of the Pastor who were helping him in religious conversions.”
This is not a first of its kind incident. Earlier also in this month, a Dalit girl was lured by a pastor of a church who converted her, and then sold her off to one Phulchandra Bazigar in Ludhiana for Rs 1 Lakh. Before selling her, the priest also arranged her marriage with Phulchandra as per Christian rituals.
All these evangelical projects are foreign funded. Government has done a lot to stop foreign funding and rattled with this, now they are asking all parishes to recite prayers, with fasting and Eucharistic adoration every Friday until the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The prayers and other activities should apparently be carried out in order to ensure the victory of a new, non-BJP government.
They are wary of the FCRA Act which has put a break on the conversion rates by cutting dubious foreign donations. The central government has put it to good use in order to expose and limit the NGOs which carried out mass conversions all throughout India in the name of charity. But it needs to do more. Funding should be stopped completely and the offenders should be punished very strictly.
These evangelicals are carrying out conversions and soft indoctrination through schools, colleges and hospitals. Christian schools are transferring money to Christian missionaries to carry out conversion projects.
The mainstream media creates huge outrage when cases of Ghar Wapsi are reported but maintains pin drop silence when the conversion rackets like that of Meerut get exposed.