Posted by: becketfund | September 21, 2006

India: Amendment to Gujarat religion law passes; opposition congress demands its wihdrawal

The Hindu reports that members of the opposition congress in Gujarat state have condemned the September 19th passage of an amendment to the state’s anti-conversion law. The amendment, which defines Buddhism and Jainism as denominations of Hinduism, has provoked anger from the Muslim and Christian communities, who view it as a political move to ensure the primacy of the Hindu majority. Religious conversion has been outlawed in Gujarat since 2003, but conversions within a religion, from one denomination to another, are permitted.

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