Haryana State in India to Implement Religious Conversion Bill

06/18/2020 India (International Christian Concern) – On June 16, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the state government of Haryana would implement a bill against religious conversion by force, marriages, or through inducement for the specific purpose of adopting a religion.

While one has the right to adopt any religion, conversion by force, inducement, etc. are not tolerable. The Right to Freedom of Religion Bill will be brought in which there will be provisions against conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage, or any fraudulent means,” Khattar said.

Although similar laws exist in eight other states in India, those governments have not defined the terms “inducement,” “coercion,” “force,” or “fraud” in the context of religious conversions. Due to this legal ambiguity, these laws have been widely abused and empowers radical Hindu nationalist groups to attack and intimidate Christian minorities claiming to be acting under the state law.

Khattar said, “Strict actions are being considered to be taken against those involved in forced conversions”.  Also, a board will be created looking after “religious assets of Hindus in areas where they are a minority” to protect the people according to the demand in the area.

Haryana will be the 9th state to pass this law to the legislative assembly, empowering Hindu radicals to attack and intimidate Christians in the region.

The chief minister said that various steps were being taken by the government to maintain the brotherhood and social harmony among communities. However, this bill will divide the people of Haryana who lived in unity for ages.

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