Udhampur (J&K) – Referring to the anti-conversion bill passed in Karnataka, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said if anyone is converting people, he is not using a sword or threat. ‘It is the good work and character of individuals which are influencing people. People convert after getting influenced, as they see this particular religion is serving humanity, taking everyone along and not discriminating’, Azad said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad waters down forced religious conversions, claims no one is forcing people to convert https://t.co/9Du3WR2Cl7
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The aforementioned Bill was opposed by members of the opposition in Karnataka. The Bill states that no individual shall misrepresent, coerce, influence, seduce or in any other way of deceit, by marriage or in any other way, convert or attempt to convert another individual from one religion to another or hatch any conspiracy.
Earlier, the Gujarat Legislative Assembly had passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority. It provides severe punishment for those who forcibly convert through marriage. The States of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have also passed similar laws.