Opposition needs to understand that right to religion is not a right to convert

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land – Desmond Tutu

New Delhi, Sep 16: The Karnataka Legislative Council on Thursday passed the anti-conversion bill by a voice vote. The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021 popularly known as the anti-conversion bill was passed following a heated debate between the ruling BJP government and Congress.

The new laws aim at stopping conversion by allurement or fraud and also imposes a heavy penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh and a jail term of up to 10 years.

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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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