No ancestor baptism, demand US Hindus

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 10, 2012 11:40 hrs

Nevada, Mar 10 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group appalled at the reports of proxy baptism of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) are still waiting for an official apology from its leadership.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Saturday, said that Gandhi baptism reports appeared in the media on February 27, but the LDS President Thomas S. Monson or its other leaders are yet to come out with an apology and explanation on how this happened despite calls by Hindus.

It was insensitive and hurtful to the feelings of about one billion Hindus spread worldwide, he said.

Zed stressed that proxy baptism of their ancestors, who lived and died as Hindus, was simply not acceptable and LDS should assure them that they would develop an "effective" mechanism and safeguards to ensure that this would not happen in the future without the will/request of the living relatives.

Emails sent by Zed to LDS officials on this issue carrying short letter addressed to Monson on February 24 have remained unanswered till now.

Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) headquartered LDS, also known as Mormon Church, which claims to be a Christian denomination, is one of the fastest growing church.

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