Make laws to curb religious conversion, hate speech against Hindus: VHP to states

Announcing its action plan for 2024, when the organization completes 60 years in existence, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) said on Monday that all state governments should enact laws to curb illegal religious conversion, end hate speech against Hinduism, and hand over control. On the temples of the Hindu community.

Addressing the media in Chennai after the two-day Central Governing Council meeting, VHP expressed concerns about government takeover and alleged demolition of temples by state governments, along with illegal religious conversions and growing hate speech against Hindu beliefs and deities.

Joint Secretary General of VHP Surendra Jain said, “All state governments should enact a law to curb illegal conversions and love jihad (Hindutva organizations’ term for interfaith marriages involving Muslim men). The growing threat of requisition and destruction of temples must also be halted in a manner that Secrecy and hate speech against Hindu beliefs and deities immediately.”

VHP spokesperson Vinod Bansal said, “Apart from stopping remittances, we have to ensure re-conversion to Hinduism through ‘ghar wapasi’ (homecoming). We will launch a social movement on these issues. Wherever there is a need to put pressure on the government, we will do so.” .

Jain announced the plan of action to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2024, that VHP will register over Rs 1 crore and raise its units to 1 lakh, with 15 lakh karyakartas (workers) across the country.

“VHP sees illegal religious conversion as the biggest crime and violence against humanity…(other beliefs) they assume it is their religious rights and use unconstitutional and immoral means (to convert Hindus),” according to a VHP statement. Since independence, a demand has been raised by various sections of the society to stop this illegal criminal act. VHP welcomes state governments that have put in place a law to stop illegal transfers in their states.”

Criticizing the DMK government in Tamil Nadu, VHP said that due to the “insensitivity” of the state government, there have been cases of illegal conversions and attempts to convert Hindus to Christianity in Christian-run schools in the state. She referred to a case in Thanjavur district, where a girl died, who allegedly committed suicide under pressure to convert to Christianity.

“There were also cases where Islamic extremists targeted Hindu girls in the name of Love Jihad, and eventually the girls were used as sexual objects,” VHP said. “Some girls had to commit suicide as happened in Ramanathapuram and Melor Madurai. The government of Tamil Nadu should stop such activities by strictly punishing these institutions and individuals, so that these kinds of abuses against Hindu society can be stopped.”

The VHP Central Governing Council urged the state government to enact a strict anti-conversion law to curb illegal conversions and increase the incidence of love jihad.

The organization also said the country was facing violence due to Islamic fundamentalism. “Using the Citizenship Amendment Act, Corona Virus, Hijab and Nupur (Sharma, the former BJP spokesperson whose remarks on the Prophet sparked protests), they are trying to stoke the country into senseless violence,” the statement said. Terrorism also originated from these fundamentalists.

“Unfortunately, Tamil Nadu has become a center and recruitment center for jihadist terrorists. The National Intelligence Agency has arrested many Islamist terrorists in recent months, and terrorist support structures such as financing, sleeper cells and infrastructure have flourished in Tamil Nadu. There appears to be a laxity on the part of the state security agencies in identifying Such items…”

On the issue of Tamil Nadu government’s control of Hindu temples, VHP said it is a colonial legacy. She also criticized the state government over allegations of temple demolitions. “Hindu temples are being demolished by the Tamil Nadu government… in the name of encroachment and illegal construction. More than 20 temples have been demolished in the last 13 months. No such treatment has been handled in any mosque or church. The VHP demands, if the removal of The temple is required by law, it must be moved to another location, in prior consultation with the temple committee and local Hindu organizations, as with the transfer of persons from encroachments.”

She demanded crackdown on hate speech, saying: “Across the country, perpetrators who make negative comments on non-Hindu faith and its leaders are being cracked down, but there is inaction on perpetrators who make derogatory comments to Hindu deities, such as recent comments on sacred shivalingam or Chidamabaram Natarajar piety. The VHP warns that if they (the authorities) remain silent spectators, the Hindu community will have to stand up and defend its pride.”

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