1,687 people opted for religious conversion in Maharashtra in nearly 4 years

Vastavam web: As many as 1,687 people opted for religious conversion in Maharashtra in the last 43 months, with 1,166 Hindus embracing other faiths, including Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, reply to an RTI query has revealed.As many as 44 per cent people (749 out of 1,687) chose to embrace Islam between during this period, it added.”As per the information recorded between June 10, 2014 and January 16, 2018, around 44 per cent (749 out of the total 1,687) embraced Islam, while only 21 per cent people converted to Hinduism,” it said.

Of the 1,166 Hindu people, 664 converted to Islam, followed by Buddhism (258), Christianity (138), Jainism (88), Sikhism (11) and other religions (seven).”These are the numbers recorded by the DGPS. It only maintains the record of the people who report to it, otherwise the actual number of people, who change their religion is quite high,” Galgali said.