Amritsar, October 13
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has accused Christian missionaries of operating programmes for forced conversion of Sikh households in border villages, a cost vehemently denied by the Bishop of Diocese of Amritsar.
The Jathedar additional alleged that a number of members of the Sikh group have been being lured with cash for conversion.
“Christian missionaries are finishing up huge programmes for forced conversions of Sikh households and Scheduled Caste Sikhs within the border belt of Punjab. Missionaries are utilizing cash and all potential means to pressure Sikh households of the border belt to undertake Christianity,” alleged the Jathedar of Akal Takht, the best temporal seat of Sikhs.
He mentioned, “Conversions of harmless Sikhs into Christianity fold is a direct assault on inside issues of the Sikh group and that is insupportable.”
Singh additional mentioned the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has obtained many complaints on this regard.
He laid emphasis on taking some steps for prevention of alleged forced conversions.
The SGPC has taken a critical view of it and has just lately launched a ‘Ghar Ghar Andar Dharamshal’ to cease forced conversions, mentioned Singh.
“Sikh preachers have been given the duty to go to all of the bordering villages of Punjab to distribute Sikh non secular literature, together with historic books and different supplies free of price. Besides, all gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) within the border villages are additionally being prolonged assist to counter the conversion mission of Christian missionaries,” he mentioned.
When contacted, Bishop of Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India, Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy rejected the claims as “baseless”.
“This is totally unsuitable and baseless allegations. Christians by no means consider in forced conversions as it’s towards the ideas of Christianity. We are open to criticism, however I requested them to return ahead with info and even quote any single instance of forced conversion,” he mentioned.
“If something is discovered, the matter is to be investigated by any unbiased company or NGO. Every faith has a proper to evangelise and many individuals together with Sikhs and non-Sikhs with their very own candy will be part of us, however we by no means pressure or pressurise them to undertake Christianity,” he added.
There are 150 instructional establishments being run by Christianity and anyone can go to there to investigate from any scholar in regards to the conversion, in response to Samantaroy.
“Yes, we undoubtedly give free schooling to whosoever approaches for a similar. We assist folks to offer them schooling irrespective of caste and creed,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned, “The SGPC is speaking in regards to the bordering belt of Punjab however we’re serving to folks everywhere in the state to increase free schooling in our faculties, whether or not they’re Sikhs or non-Sikhs”. —PTI