Karnataka Govt mulling to bring anti-conversion law

The Home Minister of Karnataka  Shri Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday said that the state government considering to bring an anti-conversion Bill. The home minister said that - "We are planning to bring a (anti-conversion) Bill. Some states have already brought anti-conversion law, we will study them and we'll bring that bill."

The Home minister said that the Basavaraj Bommai led government would study the contents of the anti-conversion laws passed by some states and introduce the Bill. Already, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh already have anti-conversion laws while Haryana is too working on the final draft, and now Karnataka also seems to be in the queue.

On Monday, against the backdrop of the demolition of a temple at Nanjangud in Mysuru which triggered a backlash, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai tabled the Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill, 2021, in the State Assembly seeking to protect religious structures already constructed illegally in public places.

The Bill tabled by Bommai further said, "Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force of any judgment, decree or order of any court, tribunal or authority from the date of commencement of this Act, or the rules made thereunder, the government shall protect the religious structures existing on the date of commencement of this Act, in such manner subject to such conditions as may be presented." However, the Bill made it clear that no protection will be given if any case relating to the removal of religious places was pending in any court of law and in such other circumstances.

The Home Minister Araga Jnanendra went on to say that luring people for religious conversions is a punishable offence. The religious conversions are happening through a well established network in the state and across the country. The state government will initiate legal action regarding the issue, he added.

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