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VHP launches Hindu Helpline in Kerala

May 27, 2010 21:29 IST

In the Marxists-ruled Kerala, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad Kerala chapter has launched a helpline offering assistance to "Hindus in distress".

Named Shivaji Hindu Helpline, the service particularly offers "help for Hindu girls who are being lured into what they call the trap of "love-jihad".

The helpline service, set up at the Hindu Cultural Centre at the Paavakkulam temple complex at Kaloor in Ernakulam, has been receiving large number of distress calls, state VHP leaders said.  

Though the helpline will provide assistance such as legal and medical help to Hindus in distress, they say, it is also meant to receive information on terrorist activities and cow slaughter.

Cibin, the helpline co-ordinator, said the helpline number (9497545511) had received around 8,000 calls so far. A diary has been maintained to keep information regarding the callers.

According to Cibin, around 750 cases have been reported to the police. Of this, 366 girls from various communities, he said, had been rescued by Bajrang Dal workers from the love trap.

According to Cibin, 72 Nair, 33 Ezhava, 14 Christians and more than 90 Brahmin girls were among the rescued.
VHP state secretary Kalady Manikantan told mediapersons that many girls get converted after being selectively employed in shops run by Muslims.

A counseling centre has also been opened in Kochi. An All-India Hindu Helpline will be launched in Pune soon on the direction of VHP International secretary Praveen Togaida, Manikantan said.

Arun Lakshman in Thiruvananthapuram