SC Concerns about Incidents of Forced Religious Conversion


New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Monday that “forced religious conversion” is dangerous to India’s security and the freedom of conscience of citizens in relation to religion.

A petition was filed by attorney Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay who urged the court to order the central government to take strict action in order to stop the conversion to religion by “intimidation, threats and temptation to deceive through gifts and financial benefits”.

The Supreme Court called it a “serious” case and warned that the situation would only get worse if the practice of forced diversion did not stop.

Attorney General Tushar Mehta said such incidents are higher in number in the tribal areas. In addition, she criticized the panel of the Supreme Court and questioned what the government was doing at the time.

Then the court asked the center to submit an affidavit notifying its plan of action to control deceptive religious conversion. The case will then be heard on November 28.

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