Police in Uttar Pradesh have said that they will not allow Hindu national groups to hold conversion ceremonies on December 25. This action comes in the wake of reports that 50 Muslim families were unknowingly converted to Hinduism in Agra last week.
Those who were converted were poor rag-pickers from a slum and many of them told the BBC they had been promised food ration cards if they attended the ceremony. They also said they had no idea they were going to be converted to Hinduism.
The Hindu groups denied the charges, saying the conversions had been voluntary.
The issue caused outrage in parliament, with opposition MPs accusing hardline Hindus of undermining India’s unity and secular nature.
More about India’s problematic history of religious conversions can be found here.