Amid ruckus in the assembly, Karnataka passes anti-conversion bill in Assembly
Amid vehement opinions on the proposed anti-conversion bill, the Karnataka government passes ‘The Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021’ which was presented by state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra in the Assembly on Tuesday.
The law prohibits “unlawful conversions” from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement, or by any fraudulent means. The law makes religious conversion a non-bailable offence that can invite 10 years of imprisonment for ‘forced’ and a penalty of Rs.1 lakh.
Earlier Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh have enacted the anti-conversions law.
The introduction of the bill raged the Congress leaders and amidst furious arguments between Congress and the BJP during the discussion, Congress’ leader D K Shivakumar tore up a copy of the Bill.
The BJP said it was not appropriate on the part of a Congress leader to tear up a copy of the Bill in the Well of the House, Shivakumar responded, saying, “Yes, I tore the Bill. It is my right to do so. This Bill is against the constitution. They (BJP) are just acting like thieves. We all were sitting there and waiting.”
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