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Karnataka cabinet approves “anti conversion bill”; here’s all that you need to know

The Karnataka Cabinet adopted the anti-conversion measure dubbed “Karnataka Protection of Right to Religion Bill, 2021” on Monday, December 20.

On Tuesday, the bill is expected to be introduced in the Assembly.

It aims to make it illegal to convert from one faith to another through methods it considers to be false.

The following is a copy of the proposed bill:

“No one shall convert or attempt to convert any other person, directly or indirectly, from one faith to another by means of deception, force, undue influence, compulsion, allurement, or any other fraudulent means, or by marriage, nor shall anyone aid or cooperate in conversions.”

The bill calls for harsh penalties for anyone who breaks the anti-conversion law, with varying penalties for those who convert people from the Scheduled Caste or Schedule Tribe groups and those who convert people from the general category.

A violator who converts people in the general category would be sentenced to three to five years in prison and fined Rs 25,000, while a violator who converts someone in the SC or ST category will be sentenced to three to ten years in prison and fined Rs 50,000. Conversion of women and minors will also result in the latter sentence.

A person who desires to intentionally convert to another faith must notify the district commissioner two months in advance, after which the DC will investigate the conversion’s motivation.

Furthermore, the bill scrutinizes all institutions’ services, including “educational institutions, orphanages, old-age homes, hospitals, religious missionaries, NGOs, and other such organizations.”

What does the Anti-Conversion Bill mean?

The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021 is a draft bill that attempts to prohibit conversion from one religion to another through fraudulent means.

The Indian Express obtained a copy of the proposed bill, which states:

“No one shall convert or attempt to convert any other person, directly or indirectly, from one faith to another by means of deception, force, undue influence, compulsion, allurement, or any other fraudulent means, or by marriage, nor shall anyone abet or conspire for conversions.”

The bill calls for harsh penalties for anyone who breaks the anti-conversion law, with varying penalties for those who convert people from the Scheduled Caste or Schedule Tribe groups and those who convert people from the general category.

According to The Indian Express, a violation involved in the conversion of a person belonging to the SC or ST category will face a jail term of 3-10 years and a punishment of Rs 50,000, while a general category criminal will face a jail term of 3-5 years and a fine of Rs 25,000. Conversion of women and minors will also result in the latter sentence.

A person who desires to intentionally convert to another faith must notify the district commissioner two months in advance, after which the DC will investigate the conversion’s motivation.

Failure to notify the district commissioner of the conversion in accordance with the law will result in a prison sentence.

According to a statement by Home Minister Jnanendra, anyone who converts will lose the perks associated with their prior religion, including reservations.

What is the Opposition’s stand About the Bill

“By introducing this (anti-conversion) bill, the government is aiming to undercut the Christian community’s efforts in education and other spheres.” The Indian Express quoted Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D K Shivakumar as saying, “This is being done by the party with an eye on the 2023 Assembly elections.”

“We will oppose the law in whatever shape the government introduces it,” he stated. Meanwhile, according to PTI, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has accused the BJP of attempting to push through its “secret agenda” by raising emotive themes such as “Love Jihad” and “Anti-Conversion.”

The Karnataka Cabinet adopted the anti-conversion measure dubbed “Karnataka Protection of Right to Religion Bill, 2021” on Monday, December 20.

On Tuesday, the bill is expected to be introduced in the Assembly.

It aims to make it illegal to convert from one faith to another through methods it considers to be false.

The following is a copy of the proposed bill:

“No one shall convert or attempt to convert any other person, directly or indirectly, from one faith to another by means of deception, force, undue influence, compulsion, allurement, or any other fraudulent means, or by marriage, nor shall anyone aid or cooperate in conversions.”

The bill calls for harsh penalties for anyone who breaks the anti-conversion law, with varying penalties for those who convert people from the Scheduled Caste or Schedule Tribe groups and those who convert people from the general category.

A violator who converts people in the general category would be sentenced to three to five years in prison and fined Rs 25,000, while a violator who converts someone in the SC or ST category will be sentenced to three to ten years in prison and fined Rs 50,000. Conversion of women and minors will also result in the latter sentence.

A person who desires to intentionally convert to another faith must notify the district commissioner two months in advance, after which the DC will investigate the conversion’s motivation.

Furthermore, the bill scrutinizes all institutions’ services, including “educational institutions, orphanages, old-age homes, hospitals, religious missionaries, NGOs, and other such organizations.”

What does the Anti-Conversion Bill mean?

The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021 is a draft bill that attempts to prohibit conversion from one religion to another through fraudulent means.

The Indian Express obtained a copy of the proposed bill, which states:

“No one shall convert or attempt to convert any other person, directly or indirectly, from one faith to another by means of deception, force, undue influence, compulsion, allurement, or any other fraudulent means, or by marriage, nor shall anyone abet or conspire for conversions.”

The bill calls for harsh penalties for anyone who breaks the anti-conversion law, with varying penalties for those who convert people from the Scheduled Caste or Schedule Tribe groups and those who convert people from the general category.

According to The Indian Express, a violation involved in the conversion of a person belonging to the SC or ST category will face a jail term of 3-10 years and a punishment of Rs 50,000, while a general category criminal will face a jail term of 3-5 years and a fine of Rs 25,000. Conversion of women and minors will also result in the latter sentence.

A person who desires to intentionally convert to another faith must notify the district commissioner two months in advance, after which the DC will investigate the conversion’s motivation.

Failure to notify the district commissioner of the conversion in accordance with the law will result in a prison sentence.

According to a statement by Home Minister Jnanendra, anyone who converts will lose the perks associated with their prior religion, including reservations.

What is the Opposition’s stand About the Bill

“By introducing this (anti-conversion) bill, the government is aiming to undercut the Christian community’s efforts in education and other spheres.” The Indian Express quoted Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D K Shivakumar as saying, “This is being done by the party with an eye on the 2023 Assembly elections.”

“We will oppose the law in whatever shape the government introduces it,” he stated. Meanwhile, according to PTI, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has accused the BJP of attempting to push through its “secret agenda” by raising emotive themes such as “Love Jihad” and “Anti-Conversion.”

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