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NSS, SNDP join hands to fight ‘love jihad’

Published: 06th September 2012 08:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2012 08:08 AM   |  A+A-

After hitting the headlines with the unity pact, the Nair Service Society (NSS) and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam are now engaged in a frantic mission of collecting details regarding forced conversions of Hindu women across the state.

Both the communities would soon come out with a joint statement against forced religious conversions after a comprehensive analysis.

While the NSS has entrusted its human resource department with the task, the SNDP has launched awareness campaigns through its yogams against activities of fundamentalist religious organisations, which indulge in forced conversions.

The leadership of both the communities is equally anxious about the rate of conversions of Hindu women to Islam during the last five years.

According to the figures presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the Assembly in the last session, a total of 7,713 persons were converted to Islam since 2006 as against 2,803 conversions to Hinduism.

However, since 2009, as many as 2,195 young Hindu women and 492 young Christian women were converted to Islam.

However, the number of young women who got converted to Christianity and Hinduism stands at 79 and 2 respectively.

Apparently, this shocking figures of the so-called ‘Love Jihad’ operating in the state is one of the major reasons behind the fast-paced decision for unification between the two communities.

SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan told Express that ‘Love Jihad’ is definitely one of the main reasons which hastened the Nair-Ezhava unification.

“Of course, the alarming rate of forced religious conversions in the state is certainly a matter of concern. The statistics of conversions of Hindu women to Islam necessitates unification of all Hindu community organisations in the state,” he said.

NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair said, “Given the data presented in the Assembly, the situation appears bad. The NSS would never allow such illegal activities in the state. We will have more discussions with the SNDP in the coming days and announce our stand on the issue.”

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