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ICC Note: The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in northeast India, has said that he will take steps to repeal the state’s anti-forced conversion law. Many Christians have responded positively to this announcement, but are still waiting for the law to be repealed. Hindu radicals often abuse India’s anti-forced conversion laws to harass Christians and justify assaults on Christian leaders.

07/16/2018 India (One News Now) – There could be some good news regarding religious freedom in India.

A persecution watchdog organization says the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in northeastern India, claims he will take steps to repeal the state’s freedom of religion law, more commonly known as an anti-conversion law, which targets Christians. William Stark of International Christian Concern says the law’s ambiguity has been widely abused by Hindu nationalists to harass and intimidate Christians as they share and practice their faith.

So Christian leaders are vastly showing one of two responses to the announcement.

“One reaction is ‘Hey, this is great,'” Stark tells OneNewsNow. “Hopefully other leaders can kind of check this out and see what a positive example this is and hopefully follow it.”

Others, however, are a bit more skeptical.

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