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Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot Approves Anti-Conversion Bill

Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill: Karnataka Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Tuesday...

Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill: Karnataka Governor Thaawar Chand Gehlot on Tuesday gave his assent to the ordinance brought on the Anti-Conversion Bill. Despite constant protests by the opposition and Christian groups in the state, the state government had adopted the ordinance route to make the law against religious conversion effective. The bill protects the right to freedom of religion and prohibits illegal conversions through false facts, coercion, coercion or fraud.

Let us tell you that the Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s government had introduced the ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Religious Freedom Bill, 2021’ in the assembly in December last year. Then there was a lot of uproar in the house regarding this bill. The opposition party Congress strongly opposed it. Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy had said that we had passed the Karnataka Freedom of Religion Rights Protection Bill, but due to some reasons it could not be passed in the Legislative Council. Therefore, the cabinet decided to bring an ordinance.

This provision is in the bill
The bill proposes imprisonment of three to five years along with a fine of Rs 25,000 for forced conversion. The bill also states that converting a minor, a woman or an SC/ST person will attract a jail term of three to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000. Apart from this, for mass conversion, there will be a jail term of three to 10 years, with a fine of up to one lakh rupees.

Compensation of 5 lakhs will have to be given
There is also a provision in this bill that the accused will give five lakh rupees as compensation to those who have been converted. It also states that a marriage performed for the purpose of illegal conversion shall be declared invalid by the family court.

the bill was opposed
This bill was opposed by a large number of people including the leaders of the Christian community. It has been said in the bill that whoever wants to change his religion will have to first inform it in a prescribed form to the District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate or the officer authorized by the District Magistrate.

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