Karnataka

Koota alleges conversion of 1,000 Adivasi families by missionaries

The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare organisation, on Tuesday accused a group of missionaries of converting more than 1,000 Adivasi families in several areas of Mysore and neighbouring districts to Christianity. The organisation demanded that criminal cases be booked against the missionaries.

Convener of the koota S. Sreekanth has filed complaints with the Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police here. He asked the officials to take steps to “protect” the culture of the Adivasis, which had deep roots in nature and ancestor worship.

He alleged that the missionaries were urging the Adivasis to embrace Christianity by telling them that all their troubles would be gone if they did so. There had been efforts for several years now to convert tribal people in Mysore district, and parts of Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts, Mr. Sreekanth alleged.

The tribal residents of five hadis (settlements) in the Nagapura Rehabilitation Centre, Anemaala and S. Begur hadis in the Kakanakote forests in H.D. Kote and Aiyyanakere hadi in Hunsur (all in Mysore district) as well as residents of the Majjigehalla hadi in Thithimathi in Kodagu were being “brainwashed”, Mr. Sreekanth alleged.

The district administration and police should intervene and put an end to such practices, Mr. Sreekanth said.

He alleged that clashes between Adivasis who had been “converted” and other residents were taking place wherever these conversions had taken place. The government had the responsibility of preventing such conversions and protecting the culture of Adivasis, he said. It should constitute watchdog panels to protect the culture of Adivasis, Mr. Sreekanth said.

SP to look into matter

Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha told The Hindu that she had received a petition from the koota on the alleged conversions. She said she had asked the Superintendent of Police to inquire into the matter to check whether conversions were taking place in the hadis (tribal settlements). Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare said that “it will take some time to inquire into the matter”.

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