Does the Constitution allow 'illegal conversion'?
Does the Constitution allow 'illegal conversion'?

Bangalore: For a long time in Karnataka, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been talking about bringing an anti-conversion law. In the same episode, the Basavaraj Bommai government introduced the Anti-Conversion Bill, 2021 in the Assembly on Tuesday (December 21, 2021). But as soon as the Bill was introduced, the members of the opposition Congress created a ruckus. Karnataka Congress unit president DK Shivakumar tore up the copy of the bill and opposed it.

According to the report, the bill to prevent illegal conversion was introduced by state home minister Araga Gyanendra in the assembly. The Bill will now be discussed on Wednesday (December 22, 2021). But the attitude of Congress has made it clear that there is going to be a lot of organic activity on this. It was only on Monday that chief minister Basavaraj Bommai's cabinet decided to introduce the anti-conversion bill in the winter session. On the other hand, in the case of tearing up the Bill within the House, DK Shiv Kumar said that it is against the Constitution and that is why it was torn up. Shiva Kumar says Congress did not want the Bill to be introduced in advance. He accused the Assembly Speaker of joining the government and said that we will oppose it. But calling the Congress bill unconstitutional raises a question: Does the Constitution allow the poor to convert illegally by luring them with money or anything else?

What is anti-conversion law?

The bill being brought by the Karnataka government is called the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Release Bill 2021. If the Government succeeds in passing this Bill, there will be a provision of punishment of up to 10 years for the guilty of illegal conversion. At the same time, the culprits may face a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. It is not that there is no conversion law in the State. The old law provides for a punishment of three years and a fine of up to Rs. 50,000. Christian missionaries are making the poor Christian by luring them in Karnataka. In this case, CM Basavaraj Bommai has recently said, "Innocent people of the state are being converted. They are lured with money and financial help.'' CM Bommai said conversion is not just about increasing the number of people, this mindset has to change. It initially lures, but in the end, it will affect society. Our Government, our country will not allow this to happen. Efforts are being made to cash in on poverty in our society.

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