Dalits embrace Buddhism in MP, say caste discrimination forced them to take the step
BHOPAL: A number of Dalit families have embraced Buddhism in Niwari district of Madhya Pradesh.
The religious conversion took place in Sakera Bhandaran township near Prithvipur. Mostly, those who decided to leave Hinduism and embrace Buddhism, belong to Dalit community.
KC Ahirwar, one of the local leaders, said that social inequality and discrimination led them to take the path of religious conversion. "We were looked down upon by others", he said.
Kamlesh, a youth, said that he and his family would now follow tenets of Buddhism and will also spread the message of Buddha. There are around 1,000 Dalit families in the township. Many of the Dalit families took the vows and entered new religion after a week long 'Buddha Katha' concluded. The idols of Buddha and Rai Das have been installed as well.
[October 19, 2019 NewsBits.in]