Kolar (K’taka), Oct. 1 (PTI), top Congress leader Siddaramaaiah, said on Friday that his party was opposed to forced religious conversion.
The opposition leader in the Karnataka assembly, however, said those who wish to voluntarily convert to religion should not be arrested.
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“If anyone is involved in a forced religious conversion, we are also opposed to it. Religious conversion should not be carried out by force, we are opposed to it,” Siddaramaiah said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said: “No one can stop if someone wants to participate in religious convection voluntarily and they should not be stopped.”
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Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday that the government is seriously considering introducing a law against religious conversion, either by force or incitement in the state.
The state’s interior minister, Araga Jnanendra, also told the legislature last week that the government was considering enacting a law to regulate religious conversion, while a ruling BJP deputy from Hosadurga Goolihatti Shekhar said her own mother converted to inducement-ridden Christianity.
BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh already have laws to prevent forced religious conversion.
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