Chhattisgarh tribals protest religious conversions

published on April 27, 2007


 April 23, 2007
 India E news

 About 30,000 tribals of the impoverished areas of Chhattisgarh took out a  massive rally here Monday to protest allegedly forced religious  conversions in the state.

 The protesting tribals, carrying banners and posters against the  conversions in the state’s forested regions, held a public meeting at  Raipur’s Sapre school ground.

 The tribals, mainly of Raigarh, Jashpur, Bastar, Surguja, Bilaspur and  Korba districts, asked the state government to take stringent actions  against forces converting the tribal people into Christianity through  allurement or by force.

 The rally was organised by Hindu Janjati Surakchha Manch (HJSM), an  affiliate body of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological  fountainhead of the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

 ‘The tribals are subjected to atrocities for centuries and their problems  have never been addressed by the central and the state government. Now  some foreign elements are forcibly converting them into other religions  and invading on their age old culture,’ Muralilal Singh, the HJSM  convenor, said while addressing the tribals.

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