Religious anti-conversion law – Governor’s nod to anti-conversion bill

Bangalore:The Governor has given his assent to the Karnataka Protection of Religious Freedom (Prohibition of Conversion) Bill drafted by the state government to prevent luring and forced conversion. The state government has also issued a notification in this regard on Friday. The BJP government was unable to get this bill passed in the Legislative Council due to lack of numbers.

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Thus, an ordinance was issued last May. After the victory of the Legislative Council elections, in the background of the BJP getting a majority, the bill was tabled and approved in the monsoon session of the Legislative Council. As Home Minister Araga Gyanendra presented the Prohibition Bill, Opposition Leader B.K. Hariprasad had expressed outrage by tearing the copy of the bill.

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The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the central government to prevent cheating and forced conversions. The Supreme Court heard the petition filed in this regard and issued a notice to the bench, the central government, the home ministry and the law and justice ministry.

Supreme Court Justices M. R. A bench headed by Shah and Krishna Muruli heard the case and issued a notice. The Supreme Court has directed the central government to submit its reply by November 14.

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Lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya filed a petition in the Supreme Court saying that fraudulent conversions are going on in the country, people are being forced, intimidated, given money and gifts to convert. He demanded that the central and state governments should take strict measures in this regard. Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay requested the bench to issue appropriate directions to the central and state governments in this regard. In this context, the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government.

Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya said that forced and fraudulent conversions are happening all over the country. He demanded that the government should stop this racket as soon as possible. At the same time, Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaya has submitted a request to the Supreme Court to direct the Law Commission of India to formulate an act as soon as possible to end forced conversions. He has demanded that the threat of conversion and luring of conversion should be put to an end as soon as possible.