Posted by: becketfund | August 2, 2007

India: Gujarat State to Enforce Anti-Conversion Law

The Indian Express reports that in the Indian state of Gujarat, the government, led by Narenda Modi, has decided to re-activate an anti-conversion law, originally enacted by the state Assembly in 2003 but never promulgated. According to the government, in the “larger national interest” it was necessary to prevent conversions by “force, allurement or fraudulent means” and institute harsher punishments. Those who convert of their own free will would also be required to petition the District Magistrate for permission prior to the ceremony. Asia News has quoted the state’s Interior Minister as saying that the law should come into force within eight to ten days.


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