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15 Dalit Christians ‘re-converted’ in ‘ghar wapsi’ ceremony

Caption: Fifteen dalit Christians were "re-converted" to Hinduism during a "ghar wapsi" ceremony organised by Hindu Munnani, Vellore at Chengimottur near Latheri, Katpadi, on Tuesday. Photo: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Fifteen Dalit Christians belonging to five families were ‘re-converted’ to Hinduism at a ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) ceremony near Latheri, Katpadi on Tuesday evening.

The ceremony, organised by Hindu Munnani, Vellore, was conducted at an Amman temple in Chengimottur.

Residents of Adi Dravidar Colony

The five families were residents of the Adi Dravidar Colony, Chengimottur, Latheri. The families were primarily involved in agriculture.

“This is the first ‘ghar wapsi’ ceremony to be organised in Vellore district. These persons had converted to Christianity nearly eight to 10 years ago. They were re-converted to Hinduism during the ceremony,” said K. Magesh, zonal president, Hindu Munnani, Vellore.

He disclosed that Hindu Munnani’s branch committee in the area had got in touch with the family members and spoke to them about returning to their “mother” religion. “They also expressed the desire to return to Hinduism. So, we arranged a ritual that was attended by several villagers,” he said.

Hindu Munnani’s State organiser K. Bhaktavachalam was present on the occasion.

The organisation plans to organise more such events across the district.

“We will be going back to the same village as hundreds of them had been converted several years ago. We will organise the rituals in various parts of the district to bring back people to Hinduism,” he added.

Mr. Magesh said,“Many are volunteering for re-conversion, while we are also approaching persons who had converted from Hinduism. We had not conducted ‘ghar wapsi’ ceremonies earlier as it caused too much of political controversy,” he said.

Hindu Munnani plans to re-convert more persons at Latheri in Katpadi

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