Catch them Young, Convert them Young & Train them as Missionaries Young; Seminaries being run in the garb of orphanage homes unearthed in Meerut and Greater Noida.
Two apparent children-homes have been found, one at Greater Noida and another, and a bigger one, at Meerut, that were actually seminaries where young children from poor families were kept and reared as future Christian priests or missionaries. All the children belonged to slum areas. They were procured from far off places in Odisha, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Their destitute parents were being regularly paid cash, say sources.
On December 29, nine children were rescued from Greater Noida from an illegal child-home running without proper registration. The home belongs to an NGO, a Christian outfit, named Emmanuel Charity Seva Group. Emmanuel refers to Jesus Christ in Hebrew. Child Line, which rescued the children, gave a written complaint to the Bisrakh Police Station alleging religious conversion and human trafficking. Right now the children are being kept at a government run Bal Kalyan Samiti place. An enquiry is on.
The Noida Child Line informed its Meerut counterpart that a child-home was being run at F block of Shastri Nagar. On December 30, as many as 23 children, nine boys and 13 girls, were found inside the premises of the Emmanuel Group child-home. It was found that the person who runs it, one Devraj Gowda, used to tell the neighbours that he was bringing up orphans and thus received ample help from them in cash and kind. A white American lady, who apparently taught the children, was also present in the home. All the children are receiving formal education at National Public School where they have been registered as orphans, while parents of all of them are alive as it turned out now.
The names of the children have been changed altogether and have ‘Messiha’ suffixed to their Hindu names indicating thereby that they have been proselytised. The children were confused as to which name to tell to the rescuing Child Line Team. It is clear that all this conversion was a hush-hush matter not to be disclosed to the outside world. The Emmanuel Charity Group manager, Gowda was successful in getting fulsome aids from Hindu neighbourhood around and many other philanthropic groups belonging to Hindu society for his venture without any inkling to them that he converted Hindu children.
According to Dr Mukesh Parmar, a well-known physician and philanthropist of Meerut, who donated generously to the Charity after being told that it all went to support orphans, but was shocked to learn that the children were told to pray only to Jesus and that the Bible was the only book present inside. He then severed his connection with the Charity.
The NGO also received washing machines, geysers, juicers and other electrical items as gifts from its Hindu vicinity. Many Hindus donated wheat flour, rice, cooking oil, ghee and other edible items on regular basis without knowing that by doing this they were funding an agency indulging, though surreptitiously to some extent, in the illegal task of conversion of Hindu children to Christianity.
It is learnt that the Emmanuel Charity Group receives donations from even outside Bharat. The authorities have now demanded copies of its Income Tax Returns for the last five years to know about its sources of income. Papers pertaining to its registration are also being sought. It presently appears that it had no registration in UP although the Emmanuel Group runs centres at Gonda and Aligarh, besides Noida and Meerut in this State. It has establishments at Dehradun and Delhi also. Full picture has yet to emerge.
It has also come to the knowledge of the authorities that the Group obtained affidavits from parents of these children to the effect that they will cut-off all relations or connections with their youngsters once they are in the 'benign' custody of the Charity. The destitute parents were given five to seven thousand rupees per month by the Group.
Smt Nutan, mother of two children who were rescued from the orphanage home, became furious after coming to know of this fact. She came to the Meerut centre of the Charity and took away her two daughters. “My children told me that they were treated in an inhuman manner. They were forced to have non-vegetarian meals and they were beaten up if they refused. When the children insisted to meet the parents they were told that the parents have died”, she said. Ajay Mittal from Meerut