An FIR was filed against nine people, including a man living in London, for converting more than 100 tribals to Islam, belonging to 37 families of Kakariya Village in Gujarat using the foreign funds. The tribals belonged to Vasava Hindu Community, said the police.
The incident came to light when a complaint was filed by a resident of the village, who was also one of the people who got converted.
The police have filed the 9 under violation of the right to freedom of religion bill, 2021 Act, and other sections of the penal code. The 9 accused have been identified as Abdul Aziz Patel, Yusuf Patel, Ayub Patel, Ibrahim Patel, Fefdawala Haji Abdulla, Hasan Tisli, and Ismail Achhodwala as per Indian Express.
The group took advantage of the ignorance, illiteracy, and poor financial situations of the tribal people and persuaded them easily to convert, reported an officer of Bharuch. The victims were given money and other luxuries to get converted to Islam.
The freedom of religion act penalizes forcible or fraudulent religious conversion by marriage. Unabiding the law will lead to 3-10 years of imprisonment and up to 5 lakh rupees fine.