Published On: Fri, Dec 17th, 2021

Gujarat books ‘Missionaries of Charity’ on charges of Conversion

An FIR was lodged in this regard under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act at Makarpura police station December 12 based on a complaint by the District Social Defence Officer. The Missionaries of Charity, an organisation founded by Mother Teresa, has been booked under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003, for allegedly “hurting Hindu religious sentiments” and “luring towards Christianity young girls” in a shelter home it runs in Vadodara city. The FIR lodged at Makarpura police station Sunday is based on a complaint from the District Social Defence Officer, along with the Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee of the district, who visited the Home for Girls run by the Missionaries of Charity in Makarpura area on December 9. The FIR states that during his visit, Trivedi found that girls at the home were being “forced” to read Christian religious texts and participate in prayers of Christian faith, with the intention of “steering them into Christianity”. The FIR states, “Between February 10, 2021, and December 9, 2021, the institution has been involved in activities to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus intentionally and with bitterness… The girls inside the Home for Girls are being lured to adopt Christianity by making them wear the cross around their neck and also placing the Bible on the table of the storeroom used by the girls, in order to compel them to read the Bible… It is an attempted crime to force religious conversion upon the girls,” the FIR states. Officials said that according to the complaint by the Child Welfare Committee, the organisation had forced a Hindu girl to marry into a Christian family as per Christian traditions. The complaint also alleged that the girls living in the shelter home had been served non-vegetarian food despite being Hindus. The organisation has been booked under IPC sections for deliberate and malicious acts to outrage feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs (295 A), deliberately uttering words to wound the religious feelings of a person (298) as well as the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003, which provides for prohibition of forcible conversion (Section 3) and punishment for forcible conversion with a term of three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 and, in case of a minor being the ‘victim of forceful conversion’, imprisonment of four years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh (Section 4). Conversion or reform of Sanatana Hindu Dharma is never needed. All that is needed is revival of the original, authentic principles of vedas-agamas and reviving the charyapada – lifestyle of Sanatana Hindu Dharma. Hinduism is the world’s oldest surviving civilization for a reason, the only civilization alive 5000 years ago and still surviving in that form to today. It is a time-tested acid-washed complete solution for every type of person the 330 million and infinite Deities consistently guide. But it is the responsibility of Hindus to align to the principles of Advaita, Oneness, and Ahimsa, non-violence. The only way to overcome the conversion and otherwise genocidal attack facing Hinduism now for centuries is for Hindus THEMSELVES to commit to living the eternal principles of Sanatana Hindu Dharma, it is the fault of no one but ourselves if we watch Hinduism being dismantled and dissolved before our eyes. No one’s responsibility but our own to continuously reach out to support and enrich the lives of others, to ensure the collective integrity of the Ancient Enlightenment Hindu ecosystem, See how much hinduism was a living experience during your great grandfather and grandfather’s period and see now for you and your kids. Then tell whether Hinduism can be destroyed or not; it is there – almost – ready for the museum only.

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