Posted by: becketfund | March 11, 2008

India: Gujarat Drops Anti-Conversion Law

GUJARAT – The Times of India reports that the government of Gujarat State, in western India, withdrew a controversial amendment to the state’s Freedom of Religion Act on Monday March 11, revoking an amendment which had previously defined Jainism and Buddhism as denominations of Hinduism.  The removal of the amendment leaves the legal obligations of converts unclear; the state’s 2003 Freedom of Religion Act, which mandates that would-be converts must inform the government of their intentions to convert, remains in place, though it is currently unclear whether or not state authority will be required in order to recognize a conversion.

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