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(Fides Service) – Christian Bishops in Rajaastan state North West India , have opposed the local authorities’ proposal to introduce a law to ban religious conversion in that state. The state is governed by the Hindu nationalist Baratijya Janata Party (BJP) which has said it intends to approve the anti-conversion law adopted by other Indian states, which requires that every change of religion be examined and approved by a magistrate.
In a joint memorandum to the chief minister Vasundhara Rahh, the Christian Bishops asked the government not to introduce the law because it would cause tension and insecurity among religious minorities which fear their activity could be labeled ‘proselytizing’ and liable to persecution by law.