Nagpur: Widow, daughters asked to vacate house for embracing Islam

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By Soumitra Bose / Times of India

NAGPUR: Relatives and several members of the Hindu community have asked a widow and her two daughters to vacate their home in Kamptee, after news of the trio embracing Islam a month ago came to light. An unfounded fear of mass conversion has gripped the sensitive area, in the outskirts of Nagpur, after the development.

Kamptee had earlier witnessed a flare-up after derogatory posts targeting a community had surfaced on social media, followed by a post supporting BJP’s expelled spokesperson Nupur Sharma. Weeks after the communal tension, the latest incident has left security agencies on tenterhooks.

Sources from Kamptee said the woman’s husband had suffered a paralytic attack and eventually passed away around a couple of years ago, leaving the economically weak family in dire straits. With her daughters in college, the woman was struggling to make ends meet.

The family began depending on the support of a young Muslim shop owner in front of their house, whom she started calling her ‘son’. The youth also allowed the family to use his shop premises, before shifting elsewhere to a bigger facility.

When the woman and her daughters decided to embrace Islam, all hell broke loose. The youth was squarely blamed for the family’s religious conversion. “We have a family-like bond which has nothing to do with Islam. Until someone has a deep-rooted affinity and attraction for Islam, the religion doesn’t accept such a conversion,” said the businessman.

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