The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will launch an 11-day campaign from Monday to press for stricter laws against illegal conversions. It will also seek a legal provision to ensure that tribals adopting Islam or Christianity do not get the reservation and other benefits available to SC/ST under the Constitution. VHP working president Alok Kumar said this at a press conference here on Saturday.
Alok Kumar said that before this nationwide campaign, VHP has contacted BJP, Congress, JDU, RJD, AAP, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) and National Conference. He urged them to support his demand for anti-conversion law and amendment in the constitution to prevent tribals who have left their religion to adopt other religions from taking advantage of reservation and other benefits. However, he did not specify which MPs the VHP approached in support of its demand.
VHP working president Alok Kumar said that during this campaign, various programs will be done to empower the Hindu society and the program will end on December 31. Those who have converted to other religions, efforts will be made to bring them back to Hinduism.
He further said that, literature and pamphlets will be distributed to expose people engaged in conversion and public meetings and small meetings will be held and people will be made aware so that Hindu society sees and stops anti-Hindu activities. Kumar further said that it is not that they are being converted out of greed, fear or deceit, but people are adopting other religions at their discretion.
Kumar said that any conversion out of greed, fear or deceit is against the religious freedom guaranteed in the Constitution and the dignity of the individual. “A law should be made by the states and the Center against such conversions,” he said.