Bajrang Dal activists break into Christian prayer hall over conversion allegations


Amid the determination of the Karnataka government to introduce an anti-conversion law and the Christian community writing to the Chief Minister against it, a video surfaced on social media platforms allegedly showing Bajrang Dal members breaking into a prayer room and stopping a service halfway in Quartier Hassan on Sunday.

The video also shows members of Bajrang Dal forcing people out of the prayer hall in Belur and some women from the Christian community engaged in a verbal duel with members of Bajrang Dal.

Belur Police officials confirmed the incident to The Indian Express and said no complaints were filed by either side.

“The incident happened on Sunday. We arrived there and warned both parties, ”Inspector KM Yogesh said.

The government of Karnataka will likely present the anti-conversion bill at the next legislative session in Belagavi from December 13.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Bengaluru, Reverend Peter, had written to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai opposing the bill. So far, three times such a memorandum has been submitted to the chief minister since September this year, claiming that the state’s Christian community is opposing with one voice the bill banning forced religious conversions.

In October this year, members of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad sang bhajans at a makeshift church in Hubballi, Karnataka. Video of the alleged incident posted on social media showed members of right-wing groups chanting bhajans with their hands clasped inside the Hubballi Church.