Dalit family attacked in Karnataka over ‘conversion’

Ground Report | New Delhi: Dalit family attacked in Karnataka; Seven people have been booked under the SC/ST Act for attacking a Dalit family in Tukkanatti village of the taluk, accusing them of converting their neighbors to Christianity.

On Wednesday, 29 December 2021, members of a right-wing organization attacked a Dalit family, accusing them of forcibly converting people to Christianity. Five members of the family including a woman were injured in this.

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Claiming that the family was involved in the conversion, the neighbors allegedly thrashed the family. Kumar’s wife Kavita, who filed the complaint, said that a woman named Bharti Vyapari got burnt in the attack.

On December 29, pastor Akshay Kumar Karangavi was praying at his home in Tukkanatti village in Karnataka’s Belagavi district when members of a right-wing organization barged into the house and asked him to stop the congregation. The attackers alleged that the family was forcibly converting their neighbors to Christianity. (Dalit family attacked in Karnataka)

In her complaint, Kavita said that the accused had come with the intention of obstructing the puja and threw hot curry at Bharti, injuring her. Police said it said the prayer was held after Christmas as part of an annual ritual and denied allegations of conversion.

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Similar incidents have been reported in parts of Karnataka in the past, especially after the state government passed an anti-conversion bill in the assembly during the winter session. However, it is yet to be passed in the Upper House.

Following the complaint, the Mudalagi police registered a case against seven persons on the same day under the relevant provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and IPC. However, no arrest has been made in this case, police said.

In another recent incident in the Tumkur district, women allegedly fought against members of a Hindutva group who barged into their house alleging conversions. However, no complaints were received.

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