500 dalits convert to Buddhism

by Muzaffarnagar, Press Trust of India, June 3, 2006

Uttar Pradesh, India -- As many as 500 Hindu dalits reportedly converted to Buddhism at a ceremony supervised by the Buddhist Society of India in Saharanpur district.

According to Acharya Pragya, divisional incharge of the Society, 500 Hindu dalits were converted to Buddhism at a religious gathering in Ambola village on Friday.

He claimed close to 5000 dalits have converted to Buddhism in the past couple of months in western Uttar Pradesh.