Madhya Pradesh Amends anti-Conversion Act ; Priests Under Lens

  July 14, 2013

  Madhya Pradesh, Raisen

  Complicity of Authorities

The amendment bill, Madhya Pradesh Dharma-Swanatraya (Sanshodhan) Vidheyak- 2013 was passed by the state legislative assembly after the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP-Indian people’s party) has proposed the amendment to section 5 of the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act of 1968 that seeks to include priests, increasing fears among Christians that the move will open the door to false accusations of conversions by the Hindu extremists.

The bill contains provision of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 for forceful religious conversion in MP. Earlier, the punishment was one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 for forceful conversion.

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