Posted by: becketfund | February 21, 2007

India: State of Himachal Pradesh Adopts Anti-Conversion Law

Zee News reports that the governor of Himachal Pradesh, V.S. Kokje, has given his approval to the state’s proposed anti-conversion law, bringing it into force. Under the new law, persons found to have “abetted or indulged in” religious conversions may face fines of 25,000 Rupees and two years in prison. In the cases of women, Dalits, and tribal peoples, the punishment will be a fine of 50,000 Rupees and three years of “rigorous imprisonment”. Those wishing to convert are required to give one month’s notice to the District Magistrate, who will then need to approve the proposed conversion.

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