Posted by: becketfund | June 8, 2007

India: New Restrictions for Religious Sites in Southeast State

BBC reports that the government of Andhra Pradesh, a state in southeastern India, has banned the propagation of religions in and around areas which belong to a different religion, beginning with Hindu sites. While the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh acknowledged that the practice and propagation of any religion was a fundamental right, he explained that in the past, worship or prayer by non-Hindus in areas of religious importance to Hindus had been known to “hurt sentiments” and had “disturbed the peace and tranquility” of the sites, and would henceforth be prohibited.

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