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Anti-conversion bill: Karnataka promulgates ordinance with provisions of Rs 1 lakh fine, 10yr jail term

The anti-conversion bill aims to prohibit religious conversion by way of marriage or inducements such as free marriage, employment among others.

T Raghavan Reported by: T Raghavan Bengaluru Updated on: May 12, 2022 16:27 IST
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Anti-conversion law: Bill to be passed through ordinance route today at cabinet meet, confirms Karnataka CM

Highlights

  • Karnataka cabinet approved the ordinance move for the anti-conversion bill
  • Bill was passed in assembly in December last year but is pending passage in the Legislative Council
  • Congress slammed the ruling government and said that his party will oppose the bill

Anti-conversion law: The Cabinet on Thursday approved the Anti-conversion bill, and it will be tabled in the next session. Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said that an ordinance will be in place till the bill is tabled. 

The Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill was passed in the Legislative Assembly in December last year, however, it is pending passage in the Legislative Council as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lacks majority in the house. 

Following the annoncement by the chief minister, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar slammed the ruling government and said that his party will oppose the bill. "I don't know why the Karnataka govt is in such a hurry (to pass the anti-conversion bill in its Cabinet meeting today through ordinance)... (they should) take an ordinance on some development agenda or giving employment to the youth," said Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar. 

Key features of the bill 

  1. The bill aims to prohibit religious conversion by way of marriage or inducements such as free marriage, employment among others. 
  2. The bill provides for protection of right to freedom of religion and prohibition of unlawful conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means.
  3. The bill also makes provisions for the accused to pay up to Rs five lakh as compensation to those who were made to convert, and with regards to cases of mass conversion there shall be a 3-10 year jail term and a fine of up to Rs one lakh.
  4. The bill states that any marriage which has happened for the sole purpose of unlawful conversion or vice-versa by the man of one religion with the woman of another, either by converting himself before or after marriage or by converting the woman before or after marriage, shall be declared as null and void by the family court. Wherever the family court is not established, the court having jurisdiction to try such case, on a petition presented by either party thereto against the other party of the marriage.
  5. The offense under this bill is non-bailable and cognizable.

Read More | Karnataka anti-conversion bill explained in 10 points

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