Karnataka man told to convert to Christianity to see new-born baby and wife

Now why there is no hue and cry about such incidents of forceful conversion of Hindus. Now Hindus feel that administration and police should take strict action against all the accused persons ! – Editor, Hindujagruti

Chitradurga : A man has lodged a complaint with Hosadurga police in Chitradurga against his father-in-law and other relatives for allegedly forcing him to convert to Christianity.

Marappa, 24, from Budga Jangam Colony in Aravind Nagar near Hospet alleged that he is not being allowed to see his newborn baby and wife. He claimed that he was being threatened, blackmailed and assaulted by his wife’s family members to convert to Christianity.

The accused are Vasanthkumar, his father-in-law, Ramachandrappa, his wife’s grandfather, relatives Sudhakar, Manjunath, Sankappa. The case has again sparked debate on alleged religious conversions in the region.

In his complaint, Marappa said on July 6, 2020 while getting married, he was forced to take a dip in holy water and declare he had now converted to Christianity. The accused had allegedly torn and burnt photos of Hindu gods, asking him not to worship them.

“My wife Sarala and her parents have been practising Christianity for the past 5-6 years. Before marriage, they forcibly made me take a holy dip. They got me married to Sarala on July 6, 2020 as per Christian customs. My family did not believe in Christianity and in a month, we went back to the Hindu-fold. My father also told my wife to leave Christianity and come back home within three months. But her father did not allow her to get back to Hinduism,” he told TOI.

The accused allegedly told him that Hindu goddesses are nothing but “evil” and that he would go to hell if he worshipped them.

He had sent his wife during pregnancy to her parents’ house on December 2, 2021. He had come to know about the newborn baby from others, he claimed. When he, along with his brothers, went to see the child on January 18, the accused abused and assaulted them, police said.

Source : Times of India

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