Gujarat moves Supreme Court over forceful religious conversion

The right to practice and propagate one’s religion enshrined in the Constitution does not include the fundamental right to convert people by force or inducement, Gujarat said in its affidavit.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 3, 2022 21:35 IST

The Supreme Court earlier said that forced religious conversions are a threat to the independence and sovereignty of the country

By Sanjay Sharma: The Gujarat government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, supporting the demand for a strict law on forceful religious conversions in the country.

In its affidavit, the state said that it has passed a law in the assembly to stop coercive religious conversions in the state.

The right to practice and propagate one’s religion enshrined in the Constitution does not include the fundamental right to convert people by force or inducement, the state said in its affidavit. The right to freedom of religion does not include the fundamental right to convert others to a particular religion, it added.

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It further said that the fundamental right does not include the right to convert a person by fraud, deception, coercion, inducement or other such means.

Forced conversions are not only a big threat to the country but are also a violation of the religious faith of the common citizen and his religion, it said.

During the last hearing, the Supreme Court remarked that forced religious conversion is a threat to the independence and sovereignty of the country.

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