Seven members of the same family have converted to Islam after leaving Hinduism in Bangladesh.
They recited Islamic prayer and adopted Islam. The group also allegedly included a minor child to which Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW) raised objections to.
In a statement it said:
Voluntary conversion is right to religion and it cannot be interfered with, but when children below 18 years are taught to embrace other religions then it is a crime against humanity and it should be punished for forceful conversion.
The minority watchdog noted that the news of conversion of Hindu family (Ananda Das son of Gour Das of village Chala) becoming Muslim and getting renamed as Anwar Islam, with other six family members at Serajgonj District within Belkuchi Upazila at Satrasta Jama Masjid on last Friday is not a new development at all. BDMW pointed fingers at the media and politician AKM Yousufjee Khan, President of Belkuchi Upazila Awami League, for orchestrating this conversion.
The daily Jugantor, dated 21.04.2017 carried a report on the conversion. Bangladesh Minority Watch says that it is investigating the incident of conversion but leaving Islam, after adopting it, is not a welcome development or else the family may get charged with apostasy which in many cases has led to violent deaths.
But BDMW said that in the secular Bangladesh forceful conversion to any religion under the age of 18 years should be verified and investigated.
Picture source: Daily Jugantor
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