Amritsar, October 13
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh has accused Christian missionaries of operating programmes for compelled 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 neighborhood had been being lured with cash for conversion.
“Christian missionaries are finishing up large programmes for compelled conversions of Sikh households and Scheduled Caste Sikhs within the border belt of Punjab. Missionaries are utilizing cash and all attainable means to drive 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 inner issues of the Sikh neighborhood and that is insupportable.”
Singh additional mentioned the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has acquired many complaints on this regard.
He laid emphasis on taking some steps for prevention of alleged compelled conversions.
The SGPC has taken a severe view of it and has not too long ago launched a ‘Ghar Ghar Andar Dharamshal’ to cease compelled conversions, mentioned Singh.
“Sikh preachers have been given the duty to go to all of the bordering villages of Punjab to distribute Sikh spiritual literature, together with historic books and different supplies freed from value. Apart from, 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”.
“That is completely flawed and baseless allegations. Christians by no means imagine in compelled conversions as it’s towards the rules of Christianity. We’re open to criticism, however I requested them to return ahead with information and even quote any single instance of compelled conversion,” he mentioned.
“If something is discovered, the matter is to be investigated by any unbiased company or NGO. Each faith has a proper to evangelise and many individuals together with Sikhs and non-Sikhs with their very own candy will be a part of us, however we by no means drive 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 concerning the conversion, in line with Samantaroy.
“Sure, we undoubtedly give free schooling to whosoever approaches for a similar. We assist folks to provide them schooling no matter caste and creed,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned, “The SGPC is speaking concerning the bordering belt of Punjab however we’re serving to folks all around the state to increase free schooling in our faculties, whether or not they’re Sikhs or non-Sikhs”. —PTI