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    Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, is booked in Gujarat to ‘entice girls to Christianity’

    Gujarat Police has filed a case against Missionaries of Charity, an organization founded by Mother Teresa under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003, alleging “insulting Hindu religious sentiments” and “enticing young girls to convert to Christianity” at a shelter in Vadodara. .

    In response to the allegations, the organization has denied all allegations. The FIR was lodged at Makarpura police station on Sunday by district social defense officer Mayank Trivedi, who along with the chairman of the district’s child welfare committee visited the home for girls run by the Missionaries of Charity in Makarpura area in December. 9.

    In the FIR, she said that during her visit, she saw girls at home being ‘forced’ to read Christian scriptures and participate in their prayers, with the intention of “converting them to Christianity”.

    Such as Indian Express (IE) Report, FIR states, “Between February 10, 2021 and December 9, 2021, the organization deliberately and bitterly engaged in the activity of hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindus by converting the girls inside the Home for Girls to Christianity.” They are being tempted to accept, and the girls are being forced to read the Bible by placing the Bible on the storeroom table they are using … it is a crime to try to force conversion. On the girls. “Local police have launched an investigation into the matter.

    A spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity told IE that they were not involved in any proselytizing activities, that there were 24 girls at home who stayed with them and followed their practices as they watched them do so. “We have not converted anyone or forced anyone to convert to Christianity,” the spokesman added.

    Officials investigating the case said the organization allegedly forced a Hindu girl to marry into a Christian family in accordance with Christian tradition and further alleged that she was served non-vegetarian food despite being a Hindu. Assistant Commissioner of Police SB Kumabhat said a committee had directed the district collector to file a case against the agency after investigating Trivedi’s allegations.

    “After the complaint of the child welfare committee, the district collector formed a committee. A team of members from different departments investigated the complaint, after which a complaint was lodged. Police will investigate the allegations and gather evidence to see if the allegations are true, ”Kumawat told the Indian Express.

    Vadodara Police Commissioner Shamsher Singh told IE that police have launched an investigation into the alleged conversion of a woman from Punjab, which the committee has raised. However, the matter is under investigation.

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