Alapuzha, July 20: In a massive ghar wapsi programme, 39 people from 11 dalit Christian families in Alapuzha district in Kerala were reconverted into Hinduism by the Viswha Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday, July 19. [Ghar Wapsi: 16 persons embrace Hindusim in Kerala's Kottayam district]
The re-conversion programme took place from 6 am to 10 am at Nallaveetil Bhadrakali temple in Alapuzha. With the programme on Sunday, the number of people who were re-converted into Hinduism rose to 115.
According to reports, several VHP and Arya Samaj leaders were present during the programme.
Several VHP and Arya Samaj leaders were in attendance. The rituals like Ganapathi homam were conducted and they were also told to recite Gayatri Mantra.
Alapuzha has become one of the breeding grounds for such activities, the first 'ghar wapsi in Kerala state was conducted in Haripad. [Ghar Wapsi in Kerala: 30 Christians converted to Hinduism by VHP]
The programme was held last year on December 21 in which 30 dalit Christians were converted into Hinduism.Dalit Christians are the ones who belong to Pentecostal and other non-Catholic and non-Syrian Christian denominations. They are denied reservations that are received by other Hindu dalit communities, thus they become the targets of VHP.
The VHP is planning to conduct more such programmes of this sort and soon more families from other religions will be re-converted to Hinduism.
In the last three months, the VHP has organised re-conversion programmes in the districts of Alappuzha and Idukki. They, with the help of other Hindu organisations will be organising 'ghar wapsi' programmes on all Sundays in different parts of Kerala, according to sources.
The issue has been the hot topic in Kerala and was raised in Parliament in last December, where the central government said that neither them nor BJP are directly involved in the issue.