Posted by: becketfund | July 25, 2007

India: New Law Restricts non-Hindu Religious Activity

Asia News reports that a new law in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will ban non-Hindus from propagating their religions in cities with important Hindu temples. On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh State Assembly adopted the bill, which aims to protect the feelings of Hindus and to maintain public order. However, there has been some criticism of the bill as many feel the government has overstepped its bounds and that the new law will have a negative impact on non-Hindus. On Tuesday, July 17, Becket Fund International Director Angela C. Wu testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Task Force for International Religious Freedom and the India Caucus Her testimony was on the state of human rights and religious freedom in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and the implications these conditions have on U.S. foreign policy.

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