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Why does Karnataka govt want to survey Christian missionaries?

Why does Karnataka govt want to survey Christian missionaries?

The Karnataka legislative committee on Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare in Karnataka has ordered a survey of churches, missionaries and Christian priests to ‘identify the unauthorised people involved’.

The decision to order the survey was taken by the House Committee on October 13 at a meeting chaired by BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekar in the absence of committee chairman Dinakar Keshav Shetty.

“We want to find out the number of authorised and unauthorised people engaged in church work. It is being done to stop religious conversion in the state,” Shekar said.

The Hosadurga MLA claimed that the religious conversion is increasing in several parts of the state including in his own constituency in Chitradurga district. He had raised the issue in the monsoon session of the legislative session in September.

“Around 15,000 to 20,000 people in my constituency have converted to Christianity including my mother. The missionaries are brainwashing people from marginalised society including Muslims into being converted,” Shekar had said in the Assembly.

On October 11, the MLA had presided over a ‘ghar wapsi’ event in his village wherein members of four families returned to the Hindu fold, one among of them his mother.

The decision to conduct a survey of churches in the state has not gone down well with the Christian community has condemned the decision and has demanded the CM Basavaraj Bommai to revoke the controversial order.


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