Karnataka will bring a law against forced conversion

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Karnataka will become the fourth state after Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to enact a law against forced conversion.

Bangalore: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that the Karnataka government is considering bringing an anti-conversion bill in the assembly.

Bommai said a law would be made to pay for forced conversions in the state. “We are contemplating to bring an anti-conversion law. The Karnataka Chief Minister was reacting to allegations of conversion in Yadgir when reports of forced conversions surfaced from the area.

“There are complaints of forced conversions in the state. Serious consideration is being given to enacting a law to regulate it completely.

On September 21, Karnataka Home Minister Araga Gyanendra had also said that the state government was considering bringing in an anti-negotiation law and preparations were on to study other laws.

“We are planning to bring a bill (anti-conversion bill). Some states have already brought anti-conversion bills. We will study them and we will bring that bill,” the home minister said.

Earlier in April, Gujarat had passed a similar law—the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021—which aimed to incorporate stringent punishment against forced conversions through marriage.

Karnataka will become the fourth state after Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to enact a law against forced conversion.

First published:September 29, 2021, 2:42 pm

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