With the rise of Hindu right-wingers in India, forced religious conversion campaigns targeting the Muslim community as the largest minority in the country are increasing, with the participation or rather the direct and clear participation of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata government led by First Minister Narendra Modi, who has ruled the country since 2014.
The BJP is the political arm of the religious fanatical group RSS. Mohan Bhagwat, the group’s former leader, has vowed to continue a campaign aimed at converting Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, as they must be considered to be “returned” to the original religion in the lands from which they strayed, he claimed, because of temptation.
Media reports have reported that hundreds of Muslim girls in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been abducted and forced to convert to Hinduism. He is the most prominent leader of the ruling party, and the strongest candidate to succeed Modi.
389 cases of abduction or disappearance of underage girls were recorded in one region between 2014 and October 2016, but it is known that the actual number is much higher than the officially reported cases, as revealed by a fact report issued by the All India . Muslim Council (AIMMM) in the Kushingar region alone has reported dozens of cases of rape and forced abduction of young Muslim girls with the aim of converting their religion.
On the other hand, the Indian media is active in warning against the danger of “love jihad” or “Romeo’s jihad”, a term promoted by the extreme right and intended to indicate that Muslim youth girls of other religions trying to entice them to convert to his religion, and by this term is provoked The diet of the Indian youth, even of the non-religious, stimulated the common loading process.
The authorities of a number of states ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party have decided to pass a law banning religious conversion, to prevent Hindu women from marrying Muslim men.
By the end of 2020, the story of a 22-year-old Hindu convert to Islam became known. Her Muslim husband and brother were arrested, detained and aborted by force while in custody. As much as this case has received media attention, it is just one example of a terrifying phenomenon that is spreading.
Under the name of combating “conversion jihad”, the Indian authorities have launched a campaign to target office owners who are helping to clear up the procedures of those who convert to Islam, under the pretext of forcing Hindus to force their religion. to enter, or what the right-wing Indian media called “conversion jihad” despite the lack of submission. Evidence for this, and many testimonies stating that these accusations were refuted, the oppression and arrest were the part of the owners of these offices, which would intimidate many to think of a helping hand reaching out to them, and prevent others from thinking about it to leave Hinduism or talk about it, especially with Iqbal Many lower social classes converted to Islam to escape Hindu caste divisions.
While extremist groups close to the ruling party are active in converting large numbers of poor Muslims by exploiting their deteriorating educational and living conditions and threatening to deprive them of citizenship, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and becoming the ceremonies of their conversion provocatively announced in certain temples according to Hindu rituals.
The conversion ritual is called “gharvapasi”, which means “return to the homeland”, as these extremist groups believe that apostasy is merely the return of the grandchildren to the religion of their ancestors before the Islamic conquest.
These practices are not limited to religious organizations, but government agencies participate directly in them. For example, at the end of last May, the Indian website The Wire published an investigation which revealed that Muslim children were detained and forced to listen to Hindu songs and read Hindu books against their will.
The incident came as a result of sectarian violence in the central state of Madhya Pradesh last April, during which government forces demolished houses, mosques and shops belonging to Muslims.
Among the approximately 200 people arrested by the Indian police, a number of children were thrown into special detention for a whole month without investigation or trial, during which they were subjected to painful torture, deprivation of food and ridicule of their faith. and an attempt to persuade them to leave it, some of whom even tried to commit suicide from excessive pain and shock.
The current expansion of efforts to convert Muslims in India is a departure from previous Hindu missionary efforts carried out by seduction and focused on the rich and powerful, not the poor and simple who make up the majority of the Indian Muslim population . to transform them because they had a strong social status, many of them did not practice religious rites, and they were influenced by many inherited Hindu customs and beliefs.
atmosphere of horror
These campaigns and practices come in the light of an atmosphere of terror prevailing in the country, and social networking sites are filled with videos showing how terrified Muslims are assaulted by Hindu groups, and forced to use the phrase “Jai Shri Ram “to chanting” God Live Ram “. BJP plans to distribute it in the rest of the states, and the examples are hard to name.
Recently, the phenomenon of the demolition of the homes of Muslim families, whose members are accused of a charge such as participating in protests, has also spread. , peace and blessings be upon him, their houses were demolished and razed, and videos were published showing their torture.In the police stations they continued to take revenge on them, which angered the senior Indian legal experts, which led to a petition filed with the Supreme Court. regarding these barbaric practices, but statements issued by the ruling party denied that the home-run campaigns included any violation of the law, and the police also denied the occurrence of torture.