Two nuns belonging to Kerala-based Sacred Heart congregation and their two postulants were allegedly manhandled and forced to get off a train in Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP), who suspected them of conducting religious conversion.
The four nuns were detained by the railway police in Jhansi for questioning. The police said there was no basis in the complaint and all four women later took the next train to their destination in Odisha.
According to the church and videos that have surfaced online, a few members of the Bajrang Dal created a ruckus in the train as it reached Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, claiming that the nuns were forcefully converting the postulants into Christianity.
The postulants were dressed in civilian clothes while the nuns were in their religious habits. Since the postulants had joined the Sacred Hearts Congregation of the Delhi Province recently and were travelling to their home in Odisha for the first time, the two nuns had accompanied them. However, the Bajrang Dal members, who had boarded the train from Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, accused the nuns of forceful conversion.
Nuns were forced to get off the train
In the video, the men can be seen interrogating the postulants, who were forced to show their Aadhaar card. The workers were refusing to believe the postulants, who repeated that they were born Christians and were undergoing training to become a nun. The situation worsened when the police detained the four when the train reached Jhansi Railway station and reportedly questioned them for five hours based on the claims of the Hindu group.
In this case, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday. In the letter, members of the Bajrang Dal and the police have been accused of harassment of nuns. Meanwhile, Amit Shah has assured that legal action will be taken against those involved in the incident.