Lets be clear: The right to religion is not the right to convert

Members of the Christian community participate in a silent protest against the Anti-Conversion bill proposed in the Winter Session of Karnataka Legislative Assembly in Bengaluru.PTI Photo

New Delhi, Dec 15: Karnataka is likely to introduce the anti-conversion Bill and it is expected to have penal provisions. The Bill would state that those who insisting on converting to another faith will have to file an application before the Deputy Commissioner two months prior.

“The anti-conversion law that we are bringing is not aimed at targeting any particular community. We are bringing it within the framework of the law. It is there in Article 25 of the Constitution that there cannot be forced conversions but there was no penal clause if such conversions take place,” Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said, according to news agency PTI.

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