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May 23, 2006

Madhya Pradesh is said to consider amendment of the Anti-Conversion Law

(AICCindia)- Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on 23 May 2006 that amendment to the existing Anti- Conversion law to check conversion might be considered. “A law to check forced religious conversion already exists in the state with adequate provisions, but if required amendments could be considered to make it more effective”, he said.

He refuted charges of discrimination against any particular community and implementation of “Hindutva agenda” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. The chief minister said that people belonging to all religions and castes were given complete freedom to follow their faiths.

Affirming the BJP’s commitment to safeguard the interests of all communities and castes and maintain harmony in society, Chouhan said, “At the same time, we do not believe in appeasement of any particular community.”

“If we receive any complaint of religious conversion through force, pressure or allurement, strong action will be taken against those indulging in such activities,” he said.

He has asked the Government at the Centre to deal with the matter in such a way that social harmony remained intact without giving scope for divisive tendencies.