Rajasthan politician accuses Christians of running a "conversion factory"
by Nirmala Carvalho

According to Vasudev Devnani, the Pentecostal community offers money to those who leave Hinduism in the Ajmer district. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "Whatever has to do with the small Christian community is viewed with suspicion".



New Dehli (AsiaNews) - A member of the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan - in the north of the country - accuses Christians of running a "conversion factory". According to Vasudev Devnani (photo), a top exponent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some Protestant missionaries promise money to those who decide to abandon Hinduism. Devnani raised the controversy last July 25, during a press conference held in Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan.

The lawmaker reported an episode in the Ajmer district to press. "The case - he said - came to light only yesterday in the municipality of Kishangarh. For some time, three Christian women have been going there under the pretext of reciting some prayers; they gather women and children between the ages of 12 and 15 and talk about religious conversion ".

The nationalist politician claims that the three missionaries, belonging to a Pentecostal community, told local families to remove all the sacred Hindu images from their homes and to worship Jesus Christ. "Many of the families living in Kishangarh are poor. The way in which these are attracted to Christianity through money is to be condemned. The issue has caused tensions in the city. Hindu society will never accept that Christian missionaries try to convert the faithful for money," Devnani said.

The parliamentarian calls for the intervention of New Dehli: "We ask that the central government intervene immediately against these people. Where do they get the money from? We would like to know where their funds come from. Should the Hindu religion continue to suffer such attacks, in the name of community harmony? These people are greedy for votes ".

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), told AsiaNews that the Devnani accusations "are only inventions". "No conversion activity has taken place - he says - Whatever has to do with the small Christian community is viewed with suspicion. Pentecostals are also poor: how can they convert someone by offering money, when they themselves do not have money? It is important to point out that the infamous anti-conversion law exists in Rajasthan, an instrument of harassment and intimidation against innocent Pentecostal Christians. Moreover, India is a secular democratic country with constitutional guarantees. Why then do Christians suffer discrimination and are arrested only for practicing their faith? The government census shows a decline in the Christian population, so the existence of a "conversion factory" is a regrettable and outrageously false accusation".