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Members of the tribal community in India’s Jharkhand state rallied against the state’s newly enacted anti-conversion law, calling the law a “cruel joke”. The anti-conversion law, officially known as the Freedom of Religion Act 2017, allows the state to regulate religious conversions and punish what it deemed to be forced conversions. Unfortunately, these laws are widely abused by Hindu radicals to persecute religious minorities, especially Christians. 

10/26/2017 India (Business Standard) – A tribal organization held a rally in Ranchi on Monday against the Jharkhand government’s Anti-Conversion Bill and its proposed amendments in the 2013 Land Acquisition Act.

The Adivasi Sengel Abhiyan (ASA) organized the rally at Morabadi ground of Ranchi.

“The government’s policies are anti-tribal. The state government is working against the sentiments of indigenous and tribal people. There is need to fight against the wrong policies of the state government,” Salkhan Murmu, president of AASA, said at the rally.

He said “The Anti-Conversion Law and Amendment in the 2013 Land Acquisition Bill by the state is a cruel joke. We oppose both actions of the state government.”

The BJP-led Jharkhand government has passed the Religious Independence Bill 2017. If a person is found guilty of converting a person then he will be liable to three years’ imprisonment.

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