(ICC) – Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara announced to the parliament on Tuesday that the Supreme Court had ruled against the Bill on Forcible Conversion. The Supreme Court ruled that sections 3 and 4 of the bill were not consistent with Sri Lanka s Constitution and would therefore require 2/3s vote in Parliament in addition to a national referendum. Section 3 of the bill would have made it mandatory for anyone converting religions and the one performing the conversion ceremony, forced or voluntary, to report to a Divisional Secretary. Section 4 set up penalties for forced conversions, including not reporting any conversion to the divisional secretary. Penalties were up to 7 years imprisonment and 500,000 Rupees (Nearly $11,000 USD). The anti-conversion bill was introduced by the National Heritage Party (aka JHU) and was thought to be primarily target toward Christians in the country. The Supreme Court ruling represents a victory for all those seeking freedom of religion in Sri Lanka .