Sunday, October 27, 2002

Families of lynched dalits embrace Buddhism, Islam

The families of the five dalits who were lynched by a mob on October 16 after being accused of skinning a cow in Jhajjar district of Haryana, on Sunday converted to Buddhism and Islam along with about 100 other families.

One dalit, Veer Shankar Lal Khairaliya, who converted to Islam, was given the name Saddam Hussein.

The families of Tota Ram, Daya Chand, Virender, Raju and Kailash embraced Buddhism.

The conversions were organised at Guru Ravidas Mandir by the All India Confederation of SC and ST Organisations and the Lord Buddha Club headed by Udit Raj.

Many people tonsured their heads to register their protest against the incident.

Bollywood director and producer Mahesh Bhatt and Joseph D'Souza, president of the All India Christian Council, were present on the occasion.

Source: Rediff.com, October 27, 2002

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