In Karnataka, the BJP government has enacted a provision in the Anti-Conversion Bill that provides for imprisonment for three to 10 years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for mass conversion. The bill stipulates that a convert must give one month’s notice to any officer not below the rank of District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate on Form-II.
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The BJP government is preparing to introduce a ‘proposed anti-conversion bill’ in the winter session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The bill provides for three to 10 years in jail and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for those who commit mass conversions.
The bill stipulates that one month’s notice must be given to any officer not below the rank of District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate on Form-II relating to conversion.
In addition, according to the draft copy of the Karnataka Right to Religious Freedom Act-2021, marriages made for illegal conversion or vice versa twill are declared invalid. The new anti-conversion bill states that conversion from one religion to another will be prohibited through false rhetoric, coercion, deception, overindulgence, incitement or marriage.
However, this law does not attract the punitive provisions of the law for their immediate conversion to their previous religion. According to Section 3 of the Act, if a person converts to his immediate former religion, he is not considered to have changed under this Act.
Under the proposed law, if the aggrieved person violates the provisions of Section 3, his parents, brother, sister or any other person related to him by blood, marriage or adoption, such conversion may be made in the first instance. File information report.