Muslim family embraces Hinduism

Muslim family embraces Hinduism

Family members were reportedly upset with the local police, which, they said, had termed the 'murder' of one of their members as 'suicide.'

As many as 20 members of a Muslim family on Tuesday embraced Hinduism in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district, reportedly in protest against police inaction in a case of "murder" of one of the members of the family.

According to sources, the family members took part in a special 'puja' and performed some rituals in the presence of priests at a Shiva temple in Badarkha village in the district, and were given Hindu names.

"All of them embraced Hinduism of their own free will... there was no pressure on them," claimed a district official in Baghpat.

Sources, however, said that the family members were upset with the local police, which, they alleged, had termed the "murder" of one of their members as "suicide."

The head of the family Akhtar Ali, who was among those who embraced Hinduism, said that his son Gulzar was "murdered" by some members of Muslim community a few days ago.

The local police closed the case after terming the death as a case of suicide. "We submitted several applications to the higher authorities also, and requested our fellow community members to help, but nothing happened," Akhtar said.

Senior police officials, however, promised to look into the matter afresh after the conversion.

Muslim clerics expressed concern over the conversion and urged the community members to take the matter seriously. "Muslim bodies should take it seriously" All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahali said here.

He also asked the district administration to find out if the family converted voluntarily.

Sources said that security has been beefed up in the area and additional security personnel have been deployed as a precautionary measure.