Tahsildar orders ‘survey’ on conversions in Chitradurga

BENGALURU: Just a month after a Karnataka legislative committee ordered a survey of churches in the state which drew strong opposition from the Christian community, the tahsildar of a taluk in Chitradurga district conducted an inquiry into complaints of forced conversion of Hindus to Christianity in October.

However, the inquiry showed there was no substance in the allegations as the families confirmed they had converted to the new faith of their own volition. Sources said the tahsildar of Hosadurga taluk recently received complaints that some Hindu families were “forcibly” converted to Christianity. Based on those complaints, he ordered a survey in two villages of the taluk — Devipura Bhovihatti and Marutinagar.

Tahsildar Thippeswamy said Christian families claimed their conversion was on account of “a string of health issues and other constraints that drew them to Christianity”.

“These families say they are in a much better place now and believe the new faith is the reason for their wellbeing,” he added. He said the survey has been called off.

No survey was ordered, says MLA

Hosadurga BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekar, who had raised the issue of forced religious conversions in the legislative assembly on September 21 and alleged his 72-year-old mother had converted to Christianity, denied any survey had been ordered. “There was no survey. Based on a complaint, there was an inquiry by the government,” he added. The lawmaker had conducted a ghar wapsi of the eight families, including his mother, which returned to the fold of Hinduism recently.

Chitradurga deputy commissioner Kavitha endorsed the view of the MLA and maintained there was no survey of any families.

Bangalore Archbishop Rev Peter Machado had written to CM Basavaraj Bommai three times to abandon the idea to bring in an anticonversion law. In the third such memorandum to the CM since September, Machado termed the government’s move “arbitrary, fallacious and illogical”.

“We would like to question the need for an anti-conversion law when there are enough laws and court directives in place to monitor such activities,” Machado, also president of the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council, said.

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