Tuesday, September 20, 2005

VHP alleges child traffic by Christian missionaries

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday demanded that the State government order an inquiry into the functioning of children’s homes and orphanages run by Christian missionaries, who are allegedly indulging in “child trafficking”.

Addressing mediapersons in Mysore, VHP All India Secretary Mohan Joshi alleged that Christian missionaries were misusing orphan children and indulging in child trafficking in the name of running orphanages and children’s homes. While Karnataka’s neighbour Andhra Pradesh had taken steps to control these activities, Karnataka had not done anything in this regard so far, he added.

Sonia blamed

Charging Congress President Sonia Gandhi of encouraging conversion across the country, Mr Joshi alleged that conversions has gathered momentum ever since Congress came to power.

Over 4,000 foreign missionaries were presently carrying out conversion activities across the country, he added.

Besides, the Centre has mooted a proposal to give reservation to Muslims in education and government services. “This will threaten the democracy and divide the country on religious lines,” he warned.

He demanded abolition of endowment boards, besides banning religious conversion by enacting a law. VHP was planning to hold public awareness programmes in two lakh villages. Also “Dharam Samsad’ would be organised in Haridwar, Allahabad, Puri, Gauhati, Ahmedabad and Tirupati, he said.